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January 05, 2016

NPR explains Senator Jackson's Equal Pay legislation, SB 358.

"Today is implementation day of a different sort in California. A new fair pay law takes effect. It is meant to go beyond any other law in this country to ensure pay equity between men and women."

Listen to the full interview with NPR here.

January 05, 2016

"State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) had been working on a bill to strengthen California's equal-pay laws for months when she tuned in to this year's Academy Awards presentation and saw Patricia Arquette use her speech after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress to call for an end to the pay gap between men a

October 15, 2015

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson announced a new and improved Fair Pay Act last week, debuting the updated law on Tuesday. 

October 12, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) into law this Wednesday.

SB 358, which takes effect in January, prohibits California employers from paying employees at wages lower than those who do substantially similar work, with the intention of ensuring equal pay for women doing the same work as men. The bill received bipartisan support, passing in the Senate without opposition.

October 09, 2015

California just became one of the most progressive states in the country after it signed a bill for what some are calling the strongest equal pay law in the country,Los Angeles Times reports

October 09, 2015

California took a major step Tuesday toward closing the lingering wage gap between men and women, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed one of the toughest pay equity laws in the nation.

Women in California who work full time are paid substantially less — a median 84 cents for every dollar — than men, according to a U.S Census Bureau report this year.

“The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Brown said at a ceremony at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in the Bay Area city of Richmond.

October 08, 2015

Calling it “a very important milestone,” Governor Brown this week signed SB 358, trekking to Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park in Richmond for an celebrating the tough new pay equity bill aimed at closing the historic wage gap between women and men.

September 11, 2015

On the Senate floor on Friday, members told one personal story after another of watching loved ones die, as they argued both for and against assisted suicide.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat, told of her mother’s two requests while suffering from leukemia: Not to die alone, and to maintain her dignity. “We are talking about giving people a choice,” she said. “They want to be able to transition out of this life with their dignity.”


September 11, 2015

Two bills authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in response to this year's Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County passed out of the Legislature and are on their way to the Governor's desk.

Jackson's Senate Bill 295 requires annual oil pipeline inspections by the State Fire Marshal. Previously, pipeline inspections had been done every two or more years. The bill passed off the Senate floor this week on bipartisan, 27-9 vote.


September 04, 2015

SB 221 would give new state employees who are disabled veterans up to 96 hours of paid leave during their first year on the job, so they don’t have to take unpaid time off for medical appointment, or other medical issues.

The bill was authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara.  Jackson says the idea is to allow the veterans to receive needed medical care without jeopardizing their jobs, or creating a financial strain because of having to take unpaid leave.