State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is the Legislature’s leader in the fight to protect California’s clean air and water, our beaches and open spaces—and she co-authored the most important legislation to promote alternative energy and green jobs. During her service in the Assembly, she chaired the Assembly Natural Resources and Environmental Safety Committees, and wrote the law banning risky oil barges along our coast.
To prevent another accident like the May 19, 2015 Refugio Oil Spill, Jackson wrote and got passed critical legislation to require annual pipeline inspections (SB 295) and to dramatically improve coordination in response to future oil spills. She also wrote legislation, which passed the Senate and is pending in the Assembly, to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells. It is estimated that there are more than 200 of these so-called ‘legacy’ wells in California, the majority located along the Summerland and Ellwood beaches in Santa Barbara County and along the Central Coast.
Senator Jackson introduced a bill to ban private, ex parte communications with California Coastal Commissioners. This legislation is needed more now than ever, in the aftermath of the controversial firing of the Coastal Commission’s executive director. It passed the Senate and is currently pending in the Assembly.
Jackson also is a leader in working for smart transportation solutions that will reduce air pollution. She is leading the effort to establish a commuter rail line along our coast. As chair of the Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail, she has been working with the Governor’s office and the California State Transportation Agency to “retime” a train to run along the Highway 101 corridor during commute hours to help people get to their jobs.
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Jackson worked to improve the Birth Defects Monitoring Act and successfully fought to regulate the use of pesticides near schools and communities. She’ll continue to fight for strong standards in monitoring the water we drink and the air we breathe to protect Californians for years to come.
Senator Jackson was named “Environmental Hero” by Santa Barbara’s Environmental Defense Center, “Legislator of the Year” by the California League of Conservation Voters, and both “Guardian of the Coast” and “Coastal Champion.” She earned Clean Water Action’s “Water Champion Award”
That’s why Hannah-Beth Jackson is supported by the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters and hundreds of local environmental leaders.