Senator Jerry Hill

Have a terrific idea for a much-needed new state law? Or maybe there’s a real turkey that you think should be off the books? State Senator Jerry Hill announced the opening of his eighth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents.

“Here’s a great opportunity for constituents to share their outstanding ideas and get a firsthand look at democracy in action,” said Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. “We’ve had strong legislative successes with the ‘Oughta Be A Law…Or Not’ contest thanks to the many constituents who participate. This is an excellent way to help bring about positive change in California.”

Past winners have testified on behalf of their bill idea in Assembly or Senate committees during the legislative process, and many have also had their bill ideas signed into law.

The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District, which includes Menlo Park and Atherton, and allows residents to submit their ideas for improving the quality of life in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and the state of California. Ideas can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms. Applicants can submit their ideas for the creation of a new law – or the repeal or revision of laws already on the books.

The senator will select a winner, then introduce the idea as legislation. The person who submits the winning idea will have the opportunity to testify in Sacramento at hearings on the legislation.

Applications can be obtained by calling Senator Hill’s District office at 650-212-3313 or from his website.

Completed applications may be emailed to [email protected], 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. Submissions must be received by January 15, 2016. The deadline to introduce bills for the 2016 legislative year is February 19.

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