In the News

October 03, 2016

The governor signed into law legislation authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara to help disabled veterans who get jobs in California’s public schools.

SB 1180 gives disabled veterans who are new school employees extra sick days during their first year on the job so they don’t lose their positions because they are getting needed medical care. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says her bill is a way of repaying those who served their country, and are now serving our students.

October 03, 2016

A bill that says only licensed physicians may conduct autopsies was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislation was prompted in part by the disclosure that an assistant without a medical license had performed postmortem exams in Ventura County while the chief medical examiner was vacationing in Florida and abroad.

Ventura County Star: Autopsy bill Signed After Ventura County Woes


September 08, 2016

By 1940, oil production along Summerland Beach lost economic viability, and the companies left. According to Santa Barbara State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, that’s when the problems began.

“[The wells] are supposed to be properly capped so there’s no leakage, but what we’ve discovered is that a lot of these wells were abandoned by companies that are now out of business.”

September 08, 2016

In the end, however, Jackson and her cohorts compromised and came up with what we think is a fair, balanced approach to helping new parents spend more time with their children while not killing small business. SB 654 has cleared the Senate and Assembly and is now awaiting Jerry Brown’s signature, and we encourage our governor to sign it.

May 20, 2016

By Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

The California coast has had a long and challenging relationship with oil, and last year’s Refugio Oil Spill added another anxious chapter to that history.

For more than 100 years, oil development has brought economic gains but has also threatened to exact an unacceptable ransom in return — threatening our pristine coastline, tourism-driven economy, marine sanctuaries and fisheries, and the very quality of life that sustains our communities.


May 03, 2016

"This bill will level the playing field between big-moneyed interests and those without such financial resources," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson. "It will remove the possibility of backroom decision-making or the perception that it's occurring and will help ensure that decisions are made more openly and transparently."

April 14, 2016

Legislation to start the process of finding and plugging old and abandoned oil and gas wells along California’s coast deserves the support, and funding, from the Legislature.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, introduced the bill, SB 900, in response to persistent seepage of oil that forced the closure of Summerland Beach between here and Santa Barbara.

March 08, 2016

Jackson has served in the state Senate for less than four years, but in that time has introduced a slew of progressive bills geared at advancing women's equality and opportunities. She's championed paid family leave, child care programs and stronger responses to sexual assaults on community college campuses. And thanks to Jackson, California now has one of the toughest equal pay laws in the nation.

March 08, 2016

The Distinguished After School Health recognition program (DASH), authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara), was signed into law back in 2014. Since then, the state's Department of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction have been creating a DASH portal for both parents and programs.

KCBX:: California After-School Programs Can Now Be Certified As Healthy

February 19, 2016

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would like to make family leave more available, for adoptive parents and for the 40 percent or so of men who work for small employers. So would we. Studies show all sorts of societal benefits arise when families have time to bond, and when men are encouraged to share more equally in the unpaid labor that comes with having children.