Press Releases

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. 

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.

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.

September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to include communication skills and the need to treat each other with kindness and respect as a regular part of the elementary and middle school health curriculum.

September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to ensure that students and schools are aware of their rights and responsibilities under Title IX, the landmark federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education.

September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help expedite the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California’s landmark law for evaluating and mitigating the environmental impacts of development projects.

August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority bill to provide job-protected new parent leave for up to 2.7 million more Californians has passed off the Senate floor and is now headed to the Governor’s desk. The vote was 24-12.

August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – As momentum grows for stronger family leave policies across the nation, a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority bill to provide job-protected new parent leave for up to 2.7 million more Californians has passed off the Assembly floor on a bipartisan 52-19 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate for a final vote.

August 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells passed off the Senate floor today on a bipartisan, 31-5 vote. The bill now heads to the Governor.

August 25, 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 passed off the Senate floor today on a 38-1 vote and is now headed to the Governor.

Jackson is jointly authoring 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, Dr. Jon Smith, was on vacation.

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