Hertzberg Praises LAO Report on Criminal Fines and Fees

January 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today after the Legislative Analyst’s Office published a new report on California’s criminal fine and fee system:

“The LAO has identified troubling aspects of California’s criminal fine and fee system and underscored the importance of reforming the system. We must ensure that criminal fines and fees are fair to violators and allow them to make amends without destroying their lives. I look forward to continuing to work on this vital issue and, in particular, looking at whether driver’s license suspension is an appropriate remedy for late fine payment.”

Hertzberg authored SB 405, legislation improving court access by eliminating the requirement that all fines and penalties be paid before a driver can get a court hearing. The measure took effect on Oct. 1 and was part of a new traffic amnesty program crafted with Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 405 allows people to talk to a judge if they want to before paying fines, restores driver’s licenses to those with a payment plan and reduces exorbitant fee debts by taking a person’s income into account.

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Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district.  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew LaMar
Communications Director
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4018

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