In the News

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.

January 12, 2015

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson had requested funding from the governor and was pleased with the allocation.

“The current DMV office is completely inadequate to serve a community the size of Santa Maria. A new office is long overdue. I will keep a close eye on this funding to ensure it remains in the final budget that the Legislature passes in June,” Jackson said.

November 04, 2014

In courtrooms around California, including Santa Maria, many of our state’s veterans and military personnel are getting a vital second chance. Both our veterans and communities are benefiting.

October 02, 2014

Here’s a sample of Jackson’s bills that Brown signed:

GUNS AND WELFARE: Law-enforcement officers will be required to search the state database of gun purchases before performing “welfare checks.”

YES MEANS YES: As colleges grapple with how to address sexual violence, this law makes California the first to adopt a standard for consent on campuses. It also mandates that resources be available for victims and that staff be trained to handle assault cases.

September 28, 2014

California has become the first state to require students on college campuses to receive active consent before all sexual activity.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill that will impose this new standard for consent at all colleges that receive state funding, including all public universities and many private institutions where students receive state grants.

Consent can be conveyed by a verbal “yes,” or signaled in a nonverbal way, but lack of resistance or objection cannot constitute consent.

September 19, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill from state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, earlier this week, he shone a spotlight on healthy eating and physical activity in after-school programs around the state.

Jackson pushed Senate Bill 949 to create the voluntary Distinguished After School Health Recognition Program. Under the DASH program, new standards would be proposed for physical activity, "screen time" and serving fruits and vegetable during organized after-school activities.

August 05, 2014

It's been 45 years since a calamitous spill off Santa Barbara coated the picturesque coast with oil, killed wildlife and prompted tough new pumping restrictions. But new worries have emerged in Sacramento.

It turns out that there was an exemption in a 1994 law that still allows drilling in a single portion of state-controlled, coastal waters. And a Santa Barbara lawmaker wants to immediately halt any possibility of drilling.


June 27, 2014

It has been just over a month since the tragedy in Isla Vista. The news camera crews are gone. The daily media coverage has waned. But we can't let the urgent sense that more must be done to prevent gun violence leave us.

June 20, 2014

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson called the findings shocking. She said she fears that inmates may feel pressure to undergo sterilization.

"The experience in and of itself is extraordinarily coercive," Jackson said of obtaining health care behind bars. "It's very difficult for a woman to exercise her free will under those circumstances."