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Mission and State: Train In Vain?

June 11, 2013

Remember “a lane and a train”?
That’s what Santa Barbara County voters said they wanted when the gridlock south of Milpas Street caused by more than 12,000 commuters driving in from Ventura and back on weekdays became intolerable. In 2008, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of Measure A, a $1 billion local sales tax for transportation that set aside $140 million to widen the 101 Freeway and $25 million to launch a commuter rail service between Ventura and Goleta.

SF Chronicle: Privacy at stake in state Senate bill

May 28, 2013

There are two compelling reasons for the California Senate to approve legislation that would extend basic consumer-privacy protections to online transactions.

One is fairness to consumers: Californians should not be forced to turn over more personal information than is necessary to execute a transaction and protect against fraud when they buy a downloadable product.

KCOY: Parts of Highway 101 Heading Towards a Purple Heart

May 24, 2013

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's resolution to declare portions of Highway 101 part of the National Purple Heart Trail has passed.

VC Star: Hannah-Beth Jackson names Agromin top small business in her district

May 24, 2013

With its commitment to diverting organic waste from landfills, using backyard mulch, clippings and other plant materials that people throw away to make more than 200 soil amendments, Ventura County-based Agromin is a great example of the future of small businesses, according to state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson.

To honor Agromin, Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, named it the Small Business of the Year for the 19th Senate District.

Santa Maria Sun: The great pill debate

May 09, 2013

About every month or so, employees with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department transport thousands of pounds of discarded prescription medications to a medical waste company in Long Beach to be incinerated.

These trips are part of Operation Medicine Cabinet, a program run by the Sheriff’s Department and the county Public Works Department that offers residents a safe, convenient way to dispose of unused and expired medications.

Noozhawk: Jackson introduces bill to protect online privacy when using a credit card

April 18, 2013

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, has introduced a bill that would protect consumers’ privacy when using a credit card to purchase songs, shows and other downloadable content online.

Senate Bill 383 is a response to a recent California Supreme Court ruling (Apple v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County) that ruled that online merchants can ask for someone’s address, phone number, and other data when making credit card purchases.

LA Times: Bill would limit number of payday loans to any one borrower

April 17, 2013

A bill before the California Legislature would restrict the number of payday loans to any one borrower — an attempt to break the "debt cycle" that ensnares some of the state's poorest residents.

Senate Bill 515 would bar the high-cost, short-term lenders from making more than six loans a year to any borrower. The bill, set to go before the Senate Banking and Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, also extends the minimum term of a payday loan to 30 days from 15.

VC Star: Senators advance gun-control measures

April 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers moved forward Tuesday on a package of bills designed to again give California what Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called “the most comprehensive gun legislation in the nation.”

SF Chronicle editorial: Family care may need legal protection

April 09, 2013

By Lois Kazakoff

The tug between work and family life is hard on parents and their pocketbooks as they are often passed over for promotions and pay raises. Discrimination against workers with familial responsibilities is wrong but is a new state law to ban it a solution?

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, says that if her bill becomes law, it will help teach employers to treat everyone fairly.

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