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U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduce legislation encouraging states to replace money bail

July 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, commended U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., for introducing federal legislation today aimed at encouraging states to replace money bail with pretrial risk assessments, as he has proposed in SB 10.

SB 606 follows up on lessons learned from California’s historic 5-year drought, establishes framework for improved water conservation

July 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, to better prepare the state for future droughts by weaving greater water efficiency goals and drought resiliency requirements into California’s water planning today passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

July 18, 2017

By ADAM NAGOURNEY

LOS ANGELES — California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a cap-and-trade program until 2030, ending a legislative standoff that had threatened a critical component of the state’s pioneering efforts to reduce climate-altering emissions.

Says air pollution and greenhouse gases know no boundaries or political parties, must be reduced to protect the planet

July 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and co-author of AB 398 and AB 617, issued the following statement today:

“Air pollution and greenhouse gases know no boundaries. I am proud to be a co-author of these two important measures that solidify California as a world leader in tackling the greatest threats that confront mankind in the 21st century.

Hertzberg pledges to make changes to address concerns about public safety, judicial discretion and cost as the bill moves forward

July 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Public Safety Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to reform California’s cash bail system and replace a pretrial process that often forces people of modest means to remain in jail until a court can determine their innocence or guilt but allows the wealthy to go free.

SB 185 dovetails with Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget provision stopping automatic driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay a ticket

July 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, requiring courts to offer traffic ticket violators payment plans and to reduce fine amounts to a level they can afford today passed the Assembly Transportation Committee.

SB 306 allows state Labor Commissioner to seek immediate injunction when workers face retaliation for reporting violations of law

July 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to improve protections for whistleblowers so they can keep their jobs while retaliation complaints against their employers are being investigated.

June 30, 2017

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

California has a host of public policy issues that the state government hasn’t done a good job addressing. But when it comes to criminal justice reform, the state has seen considerable progress in recent years, thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown and the state lawmakers who have figured out how counterproductive it is to impose punishments that have the effect of upending people’s lives.

Bill establishes a process for oil companies to fund the program and for regulators to review plans, ensure positive environmental benefits result

June 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee today approved legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to jump start California’s six-year-old, rigs-to-reefs program.

SB 588 establishes a clear process for how the program will be funded by oil companies and how the state will decide if a decommissioned oil rig can be converted into an artificial reef instead of fully removing it from the ocean.

SB 614 follows up on legislation decriminalizing fare evasion violations for minors, provides incentives for agencies to issue their own citations

June 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to encourage transit agencies to set up their own administrative processes for citing and fining people who ride without paying fare and other violations was passed today by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

SB 614 was approved on a 12-1 vote and goes next to the Assembly floor. The bill has already passed the Senate.

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