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January 20, 2014

A number of local politicians and officials were on hand for the march, including state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who said it is important for those who were alive when King, who was assassinated on April 4 1968, was spreading his message of nonviolence to pass those ideals down to the next generation.
“Dr. King caused us to rise to a higher level. There are not many who remember him and what an inspiration he was,” Jackson said.

December 29, 2013

by Hannah-Beth Jackson

November 05, 2013

While Congress Stalls, the Golden State Moves Forward
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
By State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

October 14, 2013

After Carie Charlesworth was dismissed from her teaching job due to security concerns about her estranged husband, the California mother championed legislation to make sure no one would ever have the same experience.

On Friday, she got her wish when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure into law to protect victims of domestic violence from losing their jobs and workplace discrimination.

October 11, 2013

Employers will be prohibited from discriminating against victims of domestic violence and will be required to make reasonable accommodations in the workplace to accommodate their security needs, under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

SB 400 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, will bar employers from terminating or taking adverse actions against a worker based on his or her status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

September 25, 2013

In a move that acknowledges California's changing demographics - and the modern family - Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday signed a bill that dramatically expands the state's Paid Family Leave program, allowing workers to collect benefits for caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws.

September 20, 2013

When some of these sterilizations came to light this summer, lawmakers demanded answers from prison health care officials. In response, prison officials released documents that revealed hundreds of female inmates have been sterilized since 1997. They also produced a 1999 memo directing tubal ligation in post-partum care.

September 12, 2013

In the legislative equivalent of a two-minute drill, lawmakers late Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown two bills designed to save Port Hueneme from certain winter flooding.

Those bills did not exist a week ago, but were quickly crafted as a last-minute fix to stave off imminent flooding damage caused by the erosion of beaches that has left surf-side property vulnerable to inundation.

September 10, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 340 authored by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) that will protect women from harassment and intimidation as they seek reproductive health care.

The bill removes a Jan. 1 sunset date on the current Reproductive Rights Law Enforcement Act.   Under the Act, the attorney general is required to gather information related to anti-reproductive rights crimes.

September 06, 2013

Legislators have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to expand the family leave program and allow more Californians to take paid time off for a variety of family reasons.

Lisa Bautista found herself in a situation where she couldn't help care for her grandmother as much as she wanted in her final days. The nurse asked her boss if she could take paid time off but couldn't.

Workers can get 55 percent of their pay only for up to six weeks when caring for sick parents, children, spouses and domestic partners.