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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.



June 25, 2020

Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored the bill, which was prompted by utilities conducting extended public safety power shutoffs during dangerous brush fire periods. 

It’s been passed by the State Senate, and now goes to the Assembly for consideration.  Jackson notes that some nursing home residents rely on electrically power life support systems. 

June 24, 2020

California’s largest income and sales tax breaks would get more scrutiny under a bill approved in the Senate Monday.

S.B. 956 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) would establish a California Tax Expenditure Review Board to examine the goals, beneficiaries, and costs of nine tax breaks that cost the state $8.2 billion a year and have no metrics to measure their effectiveness and no expiration date.

After the board issues a report in 2022, lawmakers could decide to alter or repeal the breaks if they decide they aren’t meeting the state’s goals, according to Jackson.

May 26, 2020

Jackson is pushing a bill, SB 956, which would authorize an economic team at UC Berkeley to thoroughly examine certain major tax breaks — credits, exemptions and exclusions. Or “loopholes” if you’re using common language; “tax expenditures” if talking in government-speak.


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.