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The Middle Class Tax Relief Act aims to modernize California’s tax system, offset impacts of Trump tax law

February 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced legislation today to reduce middle class income taxes by expanding California’s modest service taxes to target other high-end services. Taken together, the tax modernization in Hertzberg’s bill will help to counteract the damage done by the Trump tax in Washington.

Court ruling specifically highlights SB 10 as it deems current California money bail system unconstitutional

January 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Last week, the First District Court of Appeal of California declared current bail setting practices unconstitutional.  In its ruling, the court states that legislation is, “desperately needed” and mentions SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Asm. Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).

January 29, 2018

By The Editorial Board

One month into California’s recreational marijuana experiment, state leaders must show much more of a sense of urgency about the need to give what’s expected to be a $7 billion annual industry access to banking services. Nearly all banks that are subject to federal regulation decline pot shops’ and pot growers’ business because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. That’s led to the present spectacle of dispensary managers lugging tens of thousands of dollars in cash to state tax offices — an invitation to an epidemic of armed robberies.

SB 930 would help financial institutions safely conduct transactions with cannabis businesses

January 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to help financial institutions safely conduct transactions with cannabis businesses. SB 930 would allow financial institutions to work with licensed cannabis businesses to:

Supported by state funding, the $92 million project will clean up and restore the use of groundwater as a safe, high-quality source of drinking water in the San Fernando Valley

January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, released the following statement today following the groundbreaking of the North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project:

SB 898 asks Department of Insurance to examine companies that provide coverage to California bail industry

January 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation this week to complement his ongoing examination of the state’s bail industry by asking the California Department of Insurance (CDI) to study the bail insurance market.

January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-19 Budget.

“In the face of so much uncertainty coming from Washington D.C., Governor Brown has again proposed a responsible budget that pays down California’s debt and bulks up our Rainy Day Fund.

January 8, 2018

By Bob Hertzberg & Emmett D. Carson

Today, more than at any time, California has an opportunity to continue its leadership in building a fair society. So far, it has missed the mark on an issue that significantly affects more than 4 million residents: traffic fines and fees.

January 2, 2018

By Bob Hertzberg & Dr. Laura D. Tyson

Sweeping legislation with arcane and opaque provisions that is barely deliberated always ends badly for the public. When it is agreed solely on a partisan basis favoring the special interests of the ruling party, and aimed at punishing states dominated by voters from the opposition party, it is a mockery of democracy. Yet, just such a calamitous act — the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 30 years — has just been passed by the Republican majority and signed into law by President Trump.

Senator Hertzberg congratulates fellow former California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins on becoming next Senate Pro Tem

December 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the announcement that Senator Toni G. Atkins will succeed Senator Kevin de León as Senate President pro Tempore:

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