Press Releases

December 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Among the numerous bills authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) this year, the following will take effect on January 1, 2019:

Senate Bill 834, No New Offshore Oil: SB 834 blocks the Trump Administration from expanding federal oil drilling off the California coast by ensuring that new pipelines and other new infrastructure needed to support federal oil development cannot be built in California waters.

December 04, 2018

SACRAMENTO –On the first anniversary of the Thomas fire and in the wake of the most destructive and deadly wildfires in California history, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced legislation today to continue her work strengthening emergency notifications in the state.

November 20, 2018

CARPINTERIA– Continuing the work begun this year to improve the state’s emergency alert systems in the wake of devastating wildfires, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara), Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, Assemblymembers Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Co-Chairs of the Assembly Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery and Rebuilding, will convene a joint informational hearing on Tuesday, November 27 to examine California’s emergency alert systems.

October 01, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today authored by Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)to require gender diversity on corporate boards. The bill is a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority.

October 01, 2018

SACRAMENTO – As the #metoo movement continues to expose the pervasive sexual harassment and assault that millions of women and men have endured, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) today to combat sexual harassment in the workplace by ending the legal tactics used to silence victims, informing employees of their rights, and specifically prohibiting harassment in the unique business relationships not covered by state law, such as those between lobbyists and elected officials.

October 01, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed 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 medical needles take-back program funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to require manufacturers of internet connected consumer devices -- such as wireless routers, televisions, and mobile phones -- to equip these devices with reasonable security features, such as detecting potential hackers or the ability to change passwords.

September 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Governor Brown signed legislation today by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to expand California’s Paid Family Leave Program to cover the needs that arise when a military family member is deployed overseas. SB 1123 allows qualified employees to receive paid family leave when they must take time off of work to take care of critical planning needs in advance of a family member being deployed overseas or once they return home.

September 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help homeowners pay for repairs that will make their homes more fire resilient. SB 465, the Wildfire Safety Finance Act, allows local governments to expand their Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to homeowners in high fire hazard areas for fire safety improvements to their homes.

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.