Press Releases

April 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As the White House and Republican Congress continue to threaten federal funding for women’s health services, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to create a specialized pro-choice license plate with proceeds benefiting reproductive health care services in California passed out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today. The vote was 10-3.

April 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO –  With the announcement that Venoco, LLC has filed for bankruptcy and quitclaimed its leases in the South Ellwood Field – in effect, transferring the Goleta Beach Pier and Platform Holly leases to the State Lands Commission, closing down Platform Holly, and ending oil and gas production in this location -- State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) issued the following statement:

March 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, on what would have been his 90th birthday, we celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader and labor organizer César Chávez. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement:

“Today we recognize and honor César Chávez’s remarkable legacy and contributions to the state of California, and our nation as well.

March 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A new opinion poll, released today from Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress, shows that small business owners strongly support extending job protections for family leave to those who work for smaller employers, among other findings.

According to the poll, a vast majority – 71 percent – support expanding job protection for family and medical leave to businesses with 20 or more employees. 

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Inspired by Rona Barrett’s efforts building the Golden Inn and Village, a housing project for low-income seniors in Solvang in Santa Barbara County, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a bill to encourage the building of similar affordable housing projects for seniors statewide.

March 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO –  State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a bill to support emergency response teams that rescue whales, sea turtles and other marine mammals that have become entangled in fishing gear or stranded on the coast.

March 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As momentum continues to grow nationwide for stronger family leave policies, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to ensure that more Californians can take leave to care for a newborn without the fear of losing their jobs has passed out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The vote was 4-1.

The bill now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

March 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Just a few weeks after erosion exposed eight abandoned oil wells along Summerland Beach in Santa Barbara County, two of them visibly leaking oil, a bill by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned wells has passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. The vote was 8-0.

March 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Concerned about the recent proliferation of fake news during the Presidential election, and a lack of civility that has pervaded discussions online, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced legislation to ensure that students in California’s public schools learn how to read media sources critically, and act ethically, responsibly, and safely online.

March 08, 2017

SANTA BARBARA AND OXNARD – To commemorate Women’s History Month, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will honor eight women from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as the 19th Senate District’s 2017 ‘Women of the Year’ in separate ceremonies in each county. 

The women, chosen for their contributions to their communities, will be recognized at events held on March 10 and March 23. Female elected officials have been invited to attend Women of the Year events in their respective counties.