Senator welcomes entries for 'Oughta Be a Law...Or Not' contest

State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat who represents Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, is soliciting entries from Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents for the 10th annual “Oughta Be a Law ... Or Not” contest.

Hill will consider bill ideas from constituents for new legislation or the repeal of outdated laws, according to a press release his office issued Nov. 21. The senator selects a bill idea and introduces legislation based on it. But the contest isn’t limited to a single winning idea.

  “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,” said Hill, referring to four bills inspired by constituents that he introduced in 2016, two of which became law.

Those laws crack down on water-guzzling households during droughts and ease the property-tax burden of nonprofit organizations that provide affordable housing.

The contest is open to all constituents in the 13th Senate District, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Ideas may vary from statewide reforms to local community improvements that are within the purview of the State Legislature. Entries may call for the creation of a new law or the repeal of an obsolete law.

“We’ve had great legislative successes with the ‘Oughta Be a Law … Or Not Contest,’” Hill said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for constituents to participate in the legislative process and help bring about positive change.”

The deadline for entries is Jan. 12.

  For entry forms and more information, call 212-3313 or visit submit-bill-idea.

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