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Hill calls for 'Oughta Be A Law ... or Not' contest submissions

Entries are due Jan. 17

State Sen. Jerry Hill is calling for submissions for his 12th annual "Oughta Be a Law ... or Not" contest, which allows constituents to suggest ideas for new state legislation.

Entries may call for the creation of a new law or the repeal of an obsolete law to improve quality of life in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and California overall.

The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District, which includes Atherton, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, Woodside, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, and parts of unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

"I always welcome great bill ideas and if there is more than one winner, that's terrific — our record is four winners in a single year," Hill said in a press release, referring to four bills inspired by constituents that he introduced in 2016, two of which became laws.

The senator typically chooses a standout bill idea and introduces legislation based on it. The person who suggested the bill will have the opportunity to testify in Sacramento at hearings on the legislation.

Laws resulting from constituents' ideas include Jojo's Act. The law, Senate Bill 223, allows parents to give their severely disabled children medicinal cannabis at K-12 public school campuses.

Completed entry forms may be emailed to Senator.Hill@senate.ca.gov, faxed to his district office at 650-212-3320, or mailed to the district office at 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303, San Mateo, CA 94402. Entries must be received by Jan. 17.

For more information, go to sd13.senate.ca.gov/submit-bill-idea.

—By Angela Swartz

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