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LA Times: New gun control bills introduced in response to Isla Vista Massacre

June 11, 2014

Law enforcement officers investigating allegations that a person may be a danger to himself or others would be required to first check a state database to determine whether the person owns firearms under legislation introduced Wednesday in response to the Isla Vista rampage.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) authored the bill and another that would make available $5 million in grants to local policing agencies so they can more swiftly confiscate firearms from people prohibited from owning weapons because of mental health or criminal issues.

Reuters: CA Killings Renew Call for Police Mental Health Training

May 28, 2014

"There were so many potential moments where this behavior could have and perhaps should have been identified," said state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, who is pushing for the money to be included in the 2014-2015 budget.

The move by legislators came as students at the University of California at Santa Barbara returned to class for the first time since six students and the killer died in a stabbing and shooting rampage in the seaside community of Isla Vista.

VC Star: State Senate Leader Seeks $175 Million for Mental Health Services

May 28, 2014

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who joined Steinberg at a Wednesday news conference, said the rampage in Isla Vista tragically demonstrated existing shortcomings.

“His mental illness was right out there on YouTube, right out there on Facebook,” she said, speaking of Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six and injured 13. “There were so many potential moments when this behavior could have, and perhaps should have been addressed.”

VC Star: Senate panel supports bill to aid affordable-housing projects facing back taxes

April 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Following emotional testimony from former Santa Paula Mayor Fred Robinson, who said his schizophrenic son could lose a vital housing arrangement, a state Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill that would save that affordable-housing project from the threat of bankruptcy.

Mission and State: Disposed

April 17, 2014

Others across the country have not been so lucky. The number of accidental overdose deaths from prescription drugs has been on a shocking incline since 1980. More than 20,000 Americans died in 2008 of accidental prescription drug overdoses, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, outnumbering deaths from heroin and cocaine combined and surpassing traffic accidents as a leading cause of death in the U.S.

KEYT: High school students learn consequences of cyberbullying

April 15, 2014

The anti-cyberbullying assembly featured several speakers, including Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara; Krista Kobeski of Facebook; Dr. Shane Jimerson of UCSB; Deputy District Attorney Sanford Horowitz; and students of San Marcos.

The speakers taught the kids about how hurtful what they say online can be to others.

"How is that behavior affecting the people that are the subject of the matter? I think we have to recognize this is very hurtful behavior and destructive behavior," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

Mission and State: Blame It on the Rain

March 31, 2014

Fayram was one of several officials who recently gathered at Lake Cachuma to talk about the drought’s impact, which may have national implications, said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). California’s lack of water could send food prices soaring throughout the country, she said.

SF Chronicle: CA Lawmaker Wants Drug Makers to Pay for Disposal Sites

March 28, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies would have to pay for the disposal of all unused medicines sold in California under a state bill modeled after an Alameda County program.

The legislation is attempting to curb problems such as prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings by requiring drug manufacturers to create, carry out and pay for a statewide disposal program for unused and expired medications.

Newsweek: Federal Complaint Over Berkeley's Handling of Sex Assault Cases Expands

February 27, 2014

Sexual assault has “reached, frankly, a fever pitch in our universities” across the U.S., California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson told Newsweek. “There’s been this trivializing culture around rape that ignores the victim and protects the perpetrator.”

Jackson, along with State Senator Kevin De León, introduced legislation intended to create minimum standards for sexual assault policies across all California universities and colleges, public and private.

KEYT: New bill aims to protect women on California college campuses

February 12, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A new bill was introduced this week by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) calls for a cultural change on college campuses when it comes to rape and sexual assault.

Senate Bill 967 is authored by Jackson and Sen. Kevin de León of East Los Angeles. It would require California colleges and universities to address campus sexual violence by requiring them to adopt consistent sexual assault polices and protocols that focus on the victim.

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