Press Releases

June 01, 2016

SB 900 Would Ensure Leaking Well at Summerland Beach Is Capped ‘Once and For All’ and that Old Wells Are Monitored

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, 32-5 vote. The bill now heads to State Assembly.

May 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – It’s been a year since a ruptured pipeline spilled nearly 143,000 gallons of crude oil onto land and into the ocean at Refugio State Beach. Today, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) issued the following statement in recognition of that day:

“The Refugio Oil Spill was devastating, killing more than 200 birds and nearly 100 marine mammals and costing millions of dollars to our local economy. Key questions remain unanswered about the full extent of damage to our environment, ocean waters and marine life.

May 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced that Plains All American Pipeline has been indicted on criminal charges related to the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County. In response, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement:

May 06, 2016

GOLETA – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will sponsor a free seminar on Friday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to provide information to seniors on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. The City of Goleta and the California Contractors State License Board are co-hosting the seminar.

May 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help disabled veterans who are transitioning from military service into a second, new career working in California’s public schools passed off the Senate floor today on a bipartisan, 37-0 vote. The bill now heads to the State Assembly.

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.

April 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Californians wanting to use a cell phone, apply for a credit card, get a job, place a relative in a nursing home or purchase many other goods and services are increasingly being required to sign contracts that limit or prohibit their ability to resolve their disputes in court or file class-action lawsuits to protect their rights.

April 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to modernize language in more than a dozen sections of California law to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now marry passed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote today. The vote was 34-2.

April 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – As momentum grows for stronger family leave policies across the country, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to guarantee job-protected leave for new parents passed out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee today. The vote was 4-1.

The bill now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

April 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that represents how far into the next year women must work to earn what men did in the previous year. In recognition of this day, the leaders of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair, and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), vice-chair, released the following statement:

April 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – As momentum grows for stronger family leave policies across the country, a bill is making its way through the California Legislature to strengthen leave laws for new parents.

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