Press Releases

Jackson Reappointed Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management

February 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has just been reappointed chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, a bicameral committee that provides oversight of state disaster planning, response and recovery, by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).

Ventura County Legislators Urge Reevaluation of Puente Power Project

February 07, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As the California Energy Commission undertakes multiple days of hearings in Oxnard regarding the proposed Puente Power Project, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), and Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) have released the following statements urging commissioners to pause and reevaluate the need for the plant in light of ongoing environmental and environmental justice concerns, as well as emerging questions raised by the community and a

Jackson To Speak At Women's March in Los Angeles Tomorrow

January 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will join the Women’s March in Los Angeles tomorrow and speak at a rally held at Los Angeles City Hall.

Jackson Introduces Legislation To Ensure More Californians Taking Family Leave Do Not Lose Their Jobs

December 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – As momentum continues to grow nationwide for stronger family leave policies, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has just introduced two bills to ensure that more Californians can take leave to care for a newborn or a seriously ill family member without the fear of losing their jobs. 

Jackson To Be Sworn In Today for Her Second Senate Term Representing Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

December 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Beginning at 11:45 a.m. today on the floor of the California State Senate, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will be sworn in for her second four-year term in the California State Senate. Jackson represents the 19th Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye will administer the oath of office to the Senators-elect.

Jackson Issues Statement on Veto of Her New Parent Leave Act

September 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the New Parent Leave Act. Senate Bill 654, which received bipartisan support as it passed through the Legislature, would have provided job-protected new parent leave for up to 2.7 million more Californians who work for smaller companies.

Women's Caucus Chair Praises Signing of Retirement Security Legislation

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – This morning, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1234, authored by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles), to establish a first-of-its-kind retirement savings program for private-sector workers who do not have access to a savings plan at their workplace. In response, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, released the following statement:

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Increase Public Confidence in Autopsies

September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill jointly authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to ensure autopsies are conducted only by licensed physicians and forensic autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased has just been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Jackson jointly authored SB 1189 following the discovery in 2015 that a number of autopsies were done at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office by non-physicians while the then-Medical Examiner was on vacation. 

Law Authored by Jackson To Encourage Young People to Vote Takes Effect

September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A law authored by state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to encourage young people to vote by allowing voter pre-registration beginning at age 16 has just taken effect.

In 2014, Jackson authored Senate Bill 113 and Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law. SB 113 did not change the voting age, which remains 18. But it allowed young people to fill out the necessary online or paper application to get ready to vote beginning at age 16.

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Help Disabled Veterans Who Work in California Schools

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help disabled veterans who are transitioning from military service into a new career working in California’s public schools.

Senate Bill 1180 will give disabled veterans who are new school employees additional sick leave in their first year of employment so they can attend medical and VA appointments to treat their disability.