In the News

April 18, 2013

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, has introduced a bill that would protect consumers’ privacy when using a credit card to purchase songs, shows and other downloadable content online.

Senate Bill 383 is a response to a recent California Supreme Court ruling (Apple v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County) that ruled that online merchants can ask for someone’s address, phone number, and other data when making credit card purchases.

April 17, 2013

A bill before the California Legislature would restrict the number of payday loans to any one borrower — an attempt to break the "debt cycle" that ensnares some of the state's poorest residents.

Senate Bill 515 would bar the high-cost, short-term lenders from making more than six loans a year to any borrower. The bill, set to go before the Senate Banking and Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, also extends the minimum term of a payday loan to 30 days from 15.

April 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers moved forward Tuesday on a package of bills designed to again give California what Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called “the most comprehensive gun legislation in the nation.”

April 09, 2013

By Lois Kazakoff

The tug between work and family life is hard on parents and their pocketbooks as they are often passed over for promotions and pay raises. Discrimination against workers with familial responsibilities is wrong but is a new state law to ban it a solution?

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, says that if her bill becomes law, it will help teach employers to treat everyone fairly.

March 20, 2013

Many child-care programs would be prohibited from providing children under 2 with any time in front of a television set or computer screen, and older children would be limited to an hour a day under state legislation aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

The bill introduced by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would also require the after-school and child-care programs to provide fruits and vegetables at every meal. It would prohibit the programs from serving fried foods and beverages with added sugars.

February 02, 2013

Santa Barbara News-Press

Opinion: Encouraging life-long voting is an idea we all can support

January 30, 2013

During a three-hour hearing Tuesday that was designed to provide baseline information for difficult debates on gun violence-related legislation later this year, California lawmakers immediately uncovered something upon which all could agree.

January 22, 2013

A new proposal would allow California teenagers as young as 15 years old to sign up to eventually vote when they turn 18.

The legislation, SB 113, being pushed by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is aimed at capturing young voters when they get their learner's permit or driver's license.

“Becoming a driver is an important rite of passage, and so is becoming a voter,” Jackson said in a statement. “When teenagers take the wheel to become a driver, we’re saying, let’s create an easy opportunity for them to also become a future voter.”

January 11, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown has released a budget proposal he says is balanced and puts the state on the road to recovery.

Brown says the voters have helped by passing Proposition 30 which called for a tax increase that the Governor will pump into the state school system.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is supporting the plan saying, " education is clearly critical to the success of the people of California. He (Governor Brown) calls education the social program that gives us the biggest return on investment."