Press Releases

March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO –On the heels of the #wesaidenough and #metoo movements, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced wide-ranging legislation to close loopholes in law that discourage or prevent victims from speaking out, allow employers to avoid sexual harassment and discrimination laws, and leave employees vulnerable to sexual harassment at work. The legislation will be announced at an 11:30 a.m. press conference today on the South Steps of the Capitol with members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and women’s advocates.

March 06, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In commemoration of Women’s History Month, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will honor former Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider as Senate District 19 Woman of the Year. Schneider will be honored as part of a Senate and Assembly-wide celebration of remarkable women during Floor session on Monday, March 12.

February 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO — In the wake of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the state’s devastating wildfires in Northern California last year, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) will convene a joint informational hearing tomorrow about California’s mutual aid system. The mutual aid system is a statewide network of state and local jurisdictions that enables neighboring regions to assist one another during emergencies when the impacted region’s response needs exceed available local resources.

February 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, to coincide with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s only public meeting on the Trump Administration’s plan to expand offshore oil development in federal waters, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), released the following statement:

January 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – To help residents whose homes were devastated or destroyed by the recent Montecito mudslides, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has just introduced a bill to ensure that fire insurance policies cover losses incurred from fire-induced mudslides.

Senate Bill 917 clarifies that, under current law, an insurance policy covers loss or damage resulting from a landslide if that landslide was attributable to a condition already covered by the policy, such as wildfires.

January 10, 2018

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement today on the mudslide in Santa Barbara County:

“Today has been another heartbreaking and difficult day, as the search and rescue effort continues and the number of casualties has grown to 17. The search for the missing remains ongoing, and all of us have begun taking in the extent of the devastation to our community. I know our strong community will regain its footing and we will recover.

January 04, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In response to the Trump Administration announcement today to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters,  Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) are reintroducing legislation to ensure that pipelines and other infrastructure cannot be built in California waters to support any new federal oil development.

January 04, 2018

Three bills will create an opt-out emergency alert system; ensure that translated emergency information is available for immigrant communities; and help ensure that new housing is safe from wildfires 

December 20, 2017


SACRAMENTO – Among the numerous bills authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) this year, the following will take effect on January 1, 2018:

December 14, 2017


SACRAMENTO – As was announced in a press conference held by Senate Leader Kevin de León this morning, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be scheduling a series of hearings beginning in January to examine California’s legal standards and key legal questions surrounding sexual harassment.