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September 23, 2020

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has been the driver of several new laws aimed at eliminating gender-based barriers.


September 18, 2020

Jackson said extending critical job protections to workers will remove a key hurdle that has kept them from applying for the state’s paid family leave benefits. California workers automatically pay into the family leave program, which provides them with eight weeks of partial pay between 60% to 70% of their weekly salary. However, many employees are unaware of the benefit or say they worry they wouldn’t have a job to return to if they took the time off.

September 09, 2020

For State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, it was a cliffhanger of a nail-biter. Just three minutes before midnight on the very last day of this year’s legislative session — not to mention the last three minutes left of Jackson’s 14-year career in the state capitol — Jackson managed to wrangle the final vote needed to pass her bitterly fought bill to extend job security protections so California workers can take time off to care for themselves, a newborn, or a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs.

September 03, 2020

The bill by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, would allow more Californians to take time off with a new baby or ailing loved one by requiring that companies with at least five employees guarantee workers their jobs back after a family leave. It’s part of what Gov. Gavin Newsom has called his “parents’ agenda.”


September 03, 2020

Senate Bill 1383 by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would provide millions of employees who work for smaller businesses with the same 12 weeks of job protections while taking family leave as those who work for larger companies. The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has said he will sign it.

September 03, 2020

The clock could not have been ticking any louder. With only two hours before the end of this year’s legislative session, the California Assembly voted late Monday night to approve a new bill that will offer the state’s 4 million tenants some protection against eviction for the next five months if they can’t make full payment on their rent. Had the bill not passed—and been swiftly signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom— tenants who were behind in their rent due to the pandemic could have faced eviction proceeding the next morning..

August 27, 2020

A bill by a Santa Barbara legislator intended to help close the race, and gender pay gap in California received a key approval today.


August 19, 2020

Jackson, who will leave the Legislature at the end of the year due to term limits, has tried for two consecutive years to enact a law requiring a detailed review of California’s tax expenditures.

July 07, 2020

“People don’t take the leave because they are afraid they are going to lose their job,” said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara who authored the bill. “That makes it difficult if not impossible for people to be human beings, to have to choose for whether they are going to care for a sick family member.”


July 07, 2020

Jackson’s latest bill — set for a vote in the Senate on Thursday — says employers with at least five workers must grant them up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a new baby or sick family member and guarantee a job “in the same or a comparable position” when their leave is done. Under California’s paid family leave system, eight of those weeks would be paid at 60% or 70% of their normal salary, depending on their income.