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February 14, 2019


February 06, 2019


If something sounds untrue, it may very well be.

When the California State Senate Judiciary Committee announced that its internal rules would be written in gender-neutral language, no one expected the blowback that would follow. The small change, using “they” instead of “he or she” in the committee’s bylaws, ignited a firestorm as conservative blogs, Fox News pundits, and columnists falsely reported that the committee had unilaterally banned gender pronouns.

January 31, 2019

By: Melinda Burns    Jan 30, 2019 01:56 PM PST

A 19th century bill comes due

Just up the coast in Summerland, no oil company can be held liable for the offshore legacy wells that are leaking onto the beach. The wildcatters that stampeded the area in the late 1890s are long gone. In a kind of Gold Rush for oil, they erected the first offshore oil development in the United States – 14 wooden drilling piers and 400 shallow wells – and abandoned the mess after a big storm in 1902. 

January 30, 2019

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson commended the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill by introducing legislation aimed at preventing another such disaster.

By Lydia O’Connor

Marking the 50th anniversary of the devastating Santa Barbara oil spill, California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) introduced a bill Monday that would bulk up rules governing the construction of oil pipelines.

January 28, 2019

by Elizabeth Tyree    Wednesday, January 23rd 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (WSET) -- California lawmakers have introduced new legislation that would make it the first state to offer parents six months of paid leave.

January 28, 2019

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, was in college in Claremont, California, in January 1969.

“I remember the pictures, the pictures of what death looks like,” she said. “I remember thinking this is what the death of the planet looks like.”

Last year, she proposed legislation that would stop any new oil and gas infrastructure being built in state waters, one of several she was worked on while in the Assembly and Senate.

January 03, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Advocates for victims of sexual assault applaud new laws going into effect on January 1 in California, including SB 1300.  The measure eliminates methods to quietly settle sexual assault claims with money and confidentiality agreements.

January 03, 2019

The California Legislature in 2018 cranked out 1,016 pieces of legislation that Gov. Brown signed into law. Number of bills vetoed? 201.

January 03, 2019

California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin recently announced they are pursuing new gun legislation.

The two pieces of legislation, which were announced separately and are independent of one another, were announced a few weeks after the Nov. 7 deadly shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

On Nov. 7, Ian David Long, 28, of Newbury Park, opened fire at the Borderline killing 12 people, before turning the gun on himself.

December 21, 2018

A year after sexual assault and harassment accusations first broke against Harvey Weinstein, fueling the #MeToo movement, a group of lawmakers and activists, including the actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, praised a new suite of laws that they said would help combat workplace sexual abuse in California.

“We have turned this #MeToo revolution into a policy revolution,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, at a news conference in North Hollywood. The nonprofit supports women and girls at work and school.