End of Session Legislative Update With Hannah- Beth Jackson 

Sep 16, 2020
 End of Session Legislative Update With Hannah- Beth Jackson 

 End of Session Legislative Update

As the Legislature wraps up for the year and I conclude my term as your state Senator, I wanted to provide an update of the actions we took in this pandemic-impacted legislative year to address the challenges facing our state as a result of COVID-19 and climate change. Below is a short list of bills that passed the Legislature and are now awaiting the Governor's signature.

Wildfires and Power Shutoffs

  • Protect California communities from wildfire destruction: California continues to face the threat of devastating wildfires.  My SB 182 will strengthen local planning requirements and guidelines to ensure communities at very high risk of wildfires and built to be fire-safe.
     
  • Keep California's most vulnerable safe during emergencies: Evacuations can be especially traumatic for California's aging population. My SB 1207 will ensure nursing homes have sufficient power to keep temperatures and medications cool and operate life-saving equipment in the event of a public safety power shutoff or blackout.
     
  • Enhance California's emergency response: AB 2213, which I co-authored with Assemblymember Limón, will enhance California's emergency response as well as expand and improve the state's emergency alert systems.

COVID-19

  • Expand job protection for family leave: My SB 1383 will expand job protection to those who work for employers with 5 or more employees to take care of themselves or a family member or bond with a newborn. This is especially critical amid COVID-19 when Californians are only guaranteed three paid sick days per year and cannot afford to lose their jobs for taking time off work to care for themselves or their loved ones.
  • Protect Californians from evictions and foreclosures: COVID-19 has upended the lives of millions of Californians. The Legislature took action to prevent a catastrophic wave of evictions when we passed AB 3088, which I co-authored with Assemblymembers Chiu and Limón.

Equality

  • Close the race and gender pay gap with data: You can't fix what you can't see. My SB 973 will require large companies to submit pay data by race and gender to the state to help identify patterns of discrimination and allow companies to address inequities in their pay and hiring practices.
     
  • Ensure California schools handle sexual assault allegations fairly and transparently: My SB 493 will ensure California colleges and universities follow fair and transparent processes when investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.

Though my time in Sacramento is complete, I will remain your State Senator until November 30, 2020. If you need assistance, or have questions and comments, please reach out.

My sincere hope is that we can eradicate this virus and reemerge stronger and more determined to protect our communities, our planet and ourselves and work together for a brighter and better future for our families and our community.


Sincerely,

Hannah-Beth Jackson
Senator, 19th District

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