Jackson Heads to Washington, D.C. to Share Equal Pay Bill Expertise with Lawmakers from around the Country

September 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is headed to the nation’s capital this week to meet President Obama and speak to a conference of legislators from around the country about her experience authoring Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, to close the wage gap women face at work. She will attend and speak about her bill at the State Innovation Exchange conference in Washington, D.C.

“It’s terrific that California’s efforts to close the wage gap women face by passing my Senate Bill 358 are getting noticed around the country, “ said Jackson, who is also chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. “Not only was the California Legislature able to pass what will be the strongest equal pay law in the country once it is signed, we were able to do so with bipartisan and widespread support and the support of the business community.  I hope that California’s leadership on this issue helps blaze a trail for other states to follow.”

Jackson will also be among a group of 40 legislators from around the country to meet with President Obama this week to discuss what they see as the top priorities for the country.

“Addressing climate change, preventing gun violence, ensuring fair pay for women and that all our children have access to quality early childhood education are among the important issues I believe our state and country should prioritize right now, “ said Jackson.

SB 358 is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature. The Governor’s office has indicated that Brown supports and will sign the bill.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.