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January 21, 2020

A new California law requires women on the boards of corporations as of January 1, a mandate that’s likely to have an economic effect: U.S. companies with at least three female directors reported earnings 45 percent higher than companies with no female directors, according to a study by American finance company MSCI from 2011-2016.

January 09, 2020

Calling it a matter of life and death, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson proposed a legislative fix this week to ensure more Californians get signed up for emergency alerts.

Senate Bill 794 would expand ways counties and cities can sign up residents for an "opt-out" notification system, as well as helping jurisdictions identify those with access and functional needs to better protect them in a disaster.

"Clearly, we have a need to improve our notification systems and make sure that people are signed up for alerts," Jackson said Wednesday.

January 08, 2020

January 8, 2020 - SACRAMENTO – Following the California State Auditor’s December report, which found that some California counties, including Ventura County, did not adequately alert their most vulnerable residents during recent wildfires, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced Senate Bill 794 on Tuesday

January 08, 2020

A California law authored by a Santa Barbara legislator intended to get more women into corporate boardrooms has grabbed the attention of companies across the country. As of January 1st, California is the first state to require boards for public companies headquartered in the state have at least one female board member. The legislation calls for the number of women to be ramped up over the next two years.

January 02, 2020

In 2013, Hannah-Beth Jackson sponsored a resolution urging corporations in California to add more women to their boards. Yet, despite studies showing that companies with female directors were more profitable and productive, “we weren’t making much progress by asking politely,” the Democratic state senator from Santa Barbara says.

So Jackson helped write first-of-its-kind legislation that would require publicly held corporations headquartered in the state diversify their all-male boards.

December 18, 2019

California last year embarked on a unique social and political experiment in the U.S. What would happen if the government required corporate boards to include female directors?

The answer: Companies would add them in droves.

December 17, 2019

For 46 publicly held companies in California with all-male boards, the clock is ticking.

The corporations, including pharmaceutical, financial and software companies that tend to be on the smaller, younger side, have only until revelers ring in 2020 to name a woman to their boards of directors or face a $100,000 penalty. 

November 29, 2019

California lawmakers need to push — even force — local elected officials to make more responsible development decisions.

October 03, 2019

The findings elicited praise from state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who authored a bill that would curb gun ownership for people with repeat alcohol convictions. Senate Bill 55 is stalled in the Assembly Public Safety Committee this year but Jackson hopes to move it forward next year.

“As our nation faces an epidemic of gun violence, we must pursue data-driven policies that will help keep deadly firearms out of the hands of those most at risk of committing future violent and firearm-related crimes,” Jackson said in a prepared statement.

August 28, 2019

Arguing that some key provisions are unworkable, industry lobbyists have pushed to allow more types of data to be excluded from the law’s protections and allow more information to be sold. Meanwhile, privacy groups have sought to hold companies accountable for every violation and to give individuals the right to sue companies that run afoul of the law.

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