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October 09, 2015

California took a major step Tuesday toward closing the lingering wage gap between men and women, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed one of the toughest pay equity laws in the nation.

Women in California who work full time are paid substantially less — a median 84 cents for every dollar — than men, according to a U.S Census Bureau report this year.

“The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Brown said at a ceremony at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in the Bay Area city of Richmond.

October 08, 2015

Calling it “a very important milestone,” Governor Brown this week signed SB 358, trekking to Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park in Richmond for an celebrating the tough new pay equity bill aimed at closing the historic wage gap between women and men.

September 11, 2015

On the Senate floor on Friday, members told one personal story after another of watching loved ones die, as they argued both for and against assisted suicide.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat, told of her mother’s two requests while suffering from leukemia: Not to die alone, and to maintain her dignity. “We are talking about giving people a choice,” she said. “They want to be able to transition out of this life with their dignity.”


September 11, 2015

Two bills authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in response to this year's Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County passed out of the Legislature and are on their way to the Governor's desk.

Jackson's Senate Bill 295 requires annual oil pipeline inspections by the State Fire Marshal. Previously, pipeline inspections had been done every two or more years. The bill passed off the Senate floor this week on bipartisan, 27-9 vote.


September 04, 2015

SB 221 would give new state employees who are disabled veterans up to 96 hours of paid leave during their first year on the job, so they don’t have to take unpaid time off for medical appointment, or other medical issues.

The bill was authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara.  Jackson says the idea is to allow the veterans to receive needed medical care without jeopardizing their jobs, or creating a financial strain because of having to take unpaid leave.

August 20, 2015

Everybody’s talking about raising the minimum wage now that San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle have paved the way toward $15 per hour, and UC President Janet Napolitano said she is raising the wage of several thousand university workers. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is focused on another aspect of worker pay — long overdue changes in state law that seek equal pay for women.

June 26, 2015

Over the past two years, the women’s caucus has helped restore more than $500 million into these programs, reinstating child care and preschool for more than 45,000 children.

Even as we are making progress, it is remarkable how far we still have to go. When policymakers mention states doing groundbreaking early childhood education work, Oklahoma and Georgia are often lauded. California may be the world’s seventh-largest economy, but we are serving less than a quarter of all eligible children through state-supported child care.

June 09, 2015

The hearing, scheduled for June 26 at 2 p.m., was announced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who is chairwoman of a new Senate select committee on the oil spill. About 21,000 gallons of oil went into the ocean after the pipeline ruptured May 19.

“We want to look to see why this incident happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Jackson said at a Capitol news conference,  joined by eight other lawmakers.



June 05, 2015

News that the oil pipeline rupture that closed two state beaches and befouled the coastline near Santa Barbara occurred near a section of corroded pipe repaired in 2012 illustrates the urgent need for increased oil transport oversight. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, plans to introduce a package of three bills to protect the coast from oil spills and ensure speedy cleanup, including one that would require annual pipeline inspections. These are timely and necessary to prevent or minimize damage from future spills.

May 14, 2015

Early-education advocates contend it would be a big win for everyone. "It's a win for our children. It's a win for our teachers. And it's a win for the state," said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara.