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May 03, 2016

"This bill will level the playing field between big-moneyed interests and those without such financial resources," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson. "It will remove the possibility of backroom decision-making or the perception that it's occurring and will help ensure that decisions are made more openly and transparently."

April 14, 2016

Legislation to start the process of finding and plugging old and abandoned oil and gas wells along California’s coast deserves the support, and funding, from the Legislature.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, introduced the bill, SB 900, in response to persistent seepage of oil that forced the closure of Summerland Beach between here and Santa Barbara.

March 08, 2016

Jackson has served in the state Senate for less than four years, but in that time has introduced a slew of progressive bills geared at advancing women's equality and opportunities. She's championed paid family leave, child care programs and stronger responses to sexual assaults on community college campuses. And thanks to Jackson, California now has one of the toughest equal pay laws in the nation.

March 08, 2016

The Distinguished After School Health recognition program (DASH), authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara), was signed into law back in 2014. Since then, the state's Department of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction have been creating a DASH portal for both parents and programs.

KCBX:: California After-School Programs Can Now Be Certified As Healthy

February 19, 2016

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would like to make family leave more available, for adoptive parents and for the 40 percent or so of men who work for small employers. So would we. Studies show all sorts of societal benefits arise when families have time to bond, and when men are encouraged to share more equally in the unpaid labor that comes with having children.

January 05, 2016

NPR explains Senator Jackson's Equal Pay legislation, SB 358.

"Today is implementation day of a different sort in California. A new fair pay law takes effect. It is meant to go beyond any other law in this country to ensure pay equity between men and women."

Listen to the full interview with NPR here.

January 05, 2016

"State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) had been working on a bill to strengthen California's equal-pay laws for months when she tuned in to this year's Academy Awards presentation and saw Patricia Arquette use her speech after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress to call for an end to the pay gap between men a

October 15, 2015

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson announced a new and improved Fair Pay Act last week, debuting the updated law on Tuesday. 

October 12, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) into law this Wednesday.

SB 358, which takes effect in January, prohibits California employers from paying employees at wages lower than those who do substantially similar work, with the intention of ensuring equal pay for women doing the same work as men. The bill received bipartisan support, passing in the Senate without opposition.

October 09, 2015

California just became one of the most progressive states in the country after it signed a bill for what some are calling the strongest equal pay law in the country,Los Angeles Times reports