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August 20, 2015

Everybody’s talking about raising the minimum wage now that San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle have paved the way toward $15 per hour, and UC President Janet Napolitano said she is raising the wage of several thousand university workers. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is focused on another aspect of worker pay — long overdue changes in state law that seek equal pay for women.

June 26, 2015

Over the past two years, the women’s caucus has helped restore more than $500 million into these programs, reinstating child care and preschool for more than 45,000 children.

Even as we are making progress, it is remarkable how far we still have to go. When policymakers mention states doing groundbreaking early childhood education work, Oklahoma and Georgia are often lauded. California may be the world’s seventh-largest economy, but we are serving less than a quarter of all eligible children through state-supported child care.

June 09, 2015

The hearing, scheduled for June 26 at 2 p.m., was announced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who is chairwoman of a new Senate select committee on the oil spill. About 21,000 gallons of oil went into the ocean after the pipeline ruptured May 19.

“We want to look to see why this incident happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Jackson said at a Capitol news conference,  joined by eight other lawmakers.



June 05, 2015

News that the oil pipeline rupture that closed two state beaches and befouled the coastline near Santa Barbara occurred near a section of corroded pipe repaired in 2012 illustrates the urgent need for increased oil transport oversight. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, plans to introduce a package of three bills to protect the coast from oil spills and ensure speedy cleanup, including one that would require annual pipeline inspections. These are timely and necessary to prevent or minimize damage from future spills.

May 14, 2015

Early-education advocates contend it would be a big win for everyone. "It's a win for our children. It's a win for our teachers. And it's a win for the state," said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara.

May 08, 2015

In the past two years, at least seven states have outlawed the use of drones to violate privacy, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California is considering a bill that would expand trespassing laws to include piloting a drone within 350 feet above private property without permission.

April 06, 2015

“Several of the kids had to go to the hospital, and the parents were furious,” says Hannah-Beth Jackson, who was serving in the State Assembly at the time. By February 2001, Jackson had drafted and introduced a bill to increase regulatory oversight of pesticide use near schools and other sensitive sites and to give county commissioners the authority to curtail pesticide use within a quarter-mile of schools.

February 28, 2015

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and the Legislative Women's Caucus have introduced important legislation that continues us on the path to some day assuring that women are always paid the same as men for the same work.

February 23, 2015

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson said she had been thinking about equal pay legislation even before Patricia Arquette used her acceptance speech at Sunday's Oscars to talk about the subject.

January 27, 2015

The pump is already in place, but if the state money had not come through, customers would have had to bear the burden of paying for the $5-million system through higher water rates, said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who worked with Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) to secure the funding.

Cachuma Lake, which is at 28% capacity, is disappearing with little hope that conditions will improve anytime soon.

“When you can drive along the lake bed, you know you have a problem,” Jackson said Friday.