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March 09, 2020

Historically, “if a well dried or it didn’t produce anything, they’d throw a few logs down it and walk away,” said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat who has sponsored legislation addressing oil and gas cleanup. “And to this day, we’ve been experiencing the kind of seepage that’s occurred because they haven’t been properly capped.”


March 05, 2020

In 2018, California became the first state to mandate gender diversity in boardrooms with the passage of a bill called SB 826. The measure, requires publicly traded companies based there to have at least one female board director — or face a $100,000 fine.

At the time, the bill's sponsor, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, called it a "giant step forward for women." Multiple studies show that corporations with female directors are more profitable, Jackson noted.


March 04, 2020

The change was brought by a convergence of factors, including a law passed in California in 2018 and mounting pressure from financial firms.

The law, which required every public company to have at least one female director, has had extremely high compliance rates. Three months after the 2019 deadline, just 4 percent of companies still have an all-male board, according to research by KPMG. That’s down from 29 percent of companies in the state that had all-male boards before the law was passed.

February 24, 2020

All told, 126 California public companies added 138 women to their previously all-male boards last year, ahead of a Dec. 31 deadline for a new law requiring companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman director, according to an analysis released this week by KPMG.

February 19, 2020

The funds approved in SB 44 authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19th District) will pay for the oil cleanup and the removal of leftover pilings, steel and coastal hazards.


February 19, 2020

So she wrote Senate Bill 873 to end the so-called “pink tax” that hikes what women pay for female-marketed products, while similar goods for men aren’t as expensive.

“While women earn less on average than our male counterparts, we also pay more for virtually the same goods,” Jackson said during a press conference on Tuesday. “This gender-based price discrimination results in women paying thousands of dollars more over the course of our lives. That is wrong.”


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.