Press Releases

April 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to modernize language in 18 sections of California law to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now marry passed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote today. The vote was 35-2.

Senate Bill 414 changes various code sections in California law mentioning a “husband” and “wife” to the gender-neutral term “spouse” to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now legally marry in California. 

April 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California students are closer to receiving increased education and awareness regarding sexual assault and healthy relationships after the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 695 on a bipartisan, 8-0 vote today. Under the legislation, health courses, which are a condition of graduation for a majority of California high school students, will include instruction on affirmative consent, sexual harassment, assault, violence, and the importance of developing positive, healthy relationships.

April 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that represents how far into the year the average female employee must work to earn what her male counterpart did in the previous year. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and the author of Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, released the following statement:

April 07, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Continuing her work to strengthen California’s landmark Paid Family Leave Program, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) recently introduced a bill to give more employees job protection while caring for a new child or a seriously ill family member.

March 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – With California at an economic crossroads, and families depending on women’s income more than ever before, the Democratic members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus announced a package of comprehensive legislation and budget action today to advance the economic lives of women and the economic stability of the state.

March 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara) announced today that improved passenger rail service is expected to begin running in the Spring of 2016 during morning and evening commute hours in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

March 16, 2015

OXNARD – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is partnering with La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth & Family Center to host an informational workshop on the new AB 60 driver’s license law on Thursday in Oxnard.

The workshop will take place Thursday, March 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 144 South C St., Oxnard.

March 11, 2015

Legislation Would Protect Drinking and Irrigation Water During California’s Historic Drought

SACRAMENTO – The day after a Senate oversight hearing highlighted the failures of the state’s regulators to protect groundwater from potential contamination from oil and gas production wastewater, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara) announced legislation to reform California’s primary oil regulatory agency.

March 02, 2015

VENTURA – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will host a workshop on Friday, March 6 to help members of the business community understand the process for applying for income tax credits so they can locate, stay and grow in our communities.

The workshop, also hosted by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Ventura College Wright Event Center, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

February 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Democratic members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus today announced plans for legislation to address the wage gap that women face at work. Today, the chair of the Women’s Caucus, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, which will strengthen California’s equal pay laws to ensure that women are paid equally for work that is comparable to their male colleagues and do not face retaliation if they discuss or ask about pay at work.