Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson began her professional career as a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Barbara County, prosecuting domestic violence cases. As a legislator, she has worked closely with law enforcement to develop strategies to make neighborhoods safer, prevent crime and provide alternatives for young people to discourage them from activities that lead to crime. Jackson understands the importance of law enforcement training, accountability, transparency and coordination of services including education and mental health care to provide the most effective and professional policing.
Domestic violence and stalking continue to be a problem at home and in the workplace, and Jackson has worked diligently to make sure law enforcement has the tools to prevent it and protect victims. That’s why she wrote the law adding protections in the workplace for victims of stalking, allowing them to take time off from work to attend to issues arising as a result of the domestic violence or sexual assault, as long as the employee complies with certain conditions.
For many years California has been ahead of the curve nationally on passing common sense gun laws. But Jackson believes that we need national action to prevent criminals from buying guns through loopholes or from other states. That’s why 16 years ago she fought to pass the resolution calling on Congress and the President to enact common sense gun legislation including laws that will limit handgun purchases, require background checks, reinstate a specified waiting period, require child safety locks, and ban specified weapons. Unfortunately, at the federal level, the gun lobby has blocked many common-sense measures to make access to firearms more difficult for criminals, mentally unstable persons and even those on the no-fly list.
Jackson supported and voted for the package of gun safety measures signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, and she also supports “no fly — no buy” measures.
She has written important gun safety measures herself, including the law prohibiting a person subject to a stalking emergency protective order from owning, possessing, purchasing, or receiving a firearm while that order is in effect.
Jackson also wrote the law, signed by Governor Brown last year and supported by the California Police Chiefs Association, that will help ensure that peace officers have pertinent information about gun ownership when conducting a well-being check. The law will help provide law enforcement with more information with which they can assess a potentially dangerous situation, protecting not only public safety, but also the safety of officers involved. Too many times, officers on duty are placed in dangerous situations because they don’t know that those they are checking on are in homes with guns.
Senator Jackson was recognized for her commitment with the Women Against Gun Violence’s Courageous Leadership Award.