Press Releases

September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Following years of catastrophic wildfires in California including the devastating Thomas Fire and subsequent Montecito debris flow, Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills today by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prevent wildfires, enroll residents in emergency alerts, and help homeowners recover mudslide losses caused by fire. Jackson chairs the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and represents the region devastated by the Thomas Fire.

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Groundbreaking legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), along with Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Adam Gray (D-Merced), to create the first statewide drug and needle take-back program funded by the pharmaceutical industry has passed the Senate on a bipartisan, 38-0 vote and now heads to the Governor.

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Introduced in response to the #MeToo movement, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s legislation to fight sexual harassment in the workplace passed off the Senate floor today and now heads to the Governor. The vote was 23-10.

Senate Bill 1300 closes loopholes in the law that discourage or prevent victims from speaking out, allow employers to avoid sexual harassment and discrimination laws, and leave employees vulnerable to sexual harassment at work.

August 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Legislation authored by Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to require gender diversity on corporate boards passed off the Senate floor today on a 23 to 9 vote and now heads to the Governor. The bill is a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority.

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (Torrance) to block the Trump Administration from expanding federal oil drilling off the California coast are headed to the Governor. The identical bills ensure that new pipelines and other new infrastructure needed to support federal oil development cannot be built in California waters.

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help Montecito and other California homeowners whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by fire-induced mudslides, passed off the Senate floor today on a 27 to 12 vote and now heads to Governor Brown.

Senate Bill 917 clarifies that, under current law, an insurance policy covers loss or damage resulting from a mudslide or debris flow if the acts were attributable to a condition already covered by the policy, such as wildfires.

August 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to ensure students in California’s public schools learn how to assess media sources critically, and act ethically, responsibly, and safely online passed off the Senate Floor today on a 27 to 10 vote and now heads to the Governor’s desk.

August 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO –As numerous wildfires rage across the state, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will hold a media call at 10:00 a.m. PT on Friday, August 3 to discuss the need for enhanced wildfire prevention as outlined in her Senate Bill 1260. The legislation, supported by a wide-range of stakeholders including environmental groups, represents a major shift in state policy regarding forest management and prescribed burns in light of our changing climate and the “new normal” of California’s increasingly destructive fire seasons.

July 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today Governor Brown signed legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prevent domestic violence homicides by training law enforcement officers to identify domestic abuse victims whose lives are in danger and connect them with local support services.

July 09, 2018

MONTECITO– Six months after the deadly Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow and less than one week after the Holiday Fire in Goleta, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara), Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), Co-Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery and Rebuilding, will convene a joint informational hearing on Thursday, July 12 to provide an update on local recovery and rebuild efforts, as well as informati

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