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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January 30, 2014

Preparing young Californians for their future civic duty as voters makes good sense. It’s one way to increase voter participation and understanding of our democratic system of self-government.

With an eye toward helping teens get in gear as voters, this week the California state Senate passed a bill to let them pre-register as voters at age 16.

January 24, 2014

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, has been named chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, her office announced Wednesday.