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SB 231 makes it easier for local agencies to finance projects capturing stormwater to reuse it, instead of letting the water run off and go to waste

April 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, clarifying the definition of stormwater so that projects designed to capture and clean stormwater can be more easily financed and built by local agencies.

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

April 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations 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.

The bill follows on Hertzberg’s work to restore fairness to California’s criminal justice system and roll back overly harsh penalties

April 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to prevent the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who are unable to pay fines or fees for minor traffic tickets and require courts to determine violators’ ability to pay before setting fine amounts.

April 24, 2017

By Bob Hertzberg

California is in a fix. The climate is changing, the state’s spring water supply — its snowpack — is gradually declining over time and we’ve entered a new era of endless cycles of drought.

That is the reality in April 2017, even after an especially wet winter that saw flooding and infrastructure failures around the state. California’s water supply will be strained in coming decades, and we need to take action right now to plan for that.

April 22, 2017

BY DENNIS ROMERO

You subscribe to a magazine or join a gym for a special rate and months later realize you're paying a lot more for renewals. And those fees keep hitting your bank account while you try to figure out how to make it stop.

"This is the kind of classic, everyday scam that drives people nuts because we've all had this experience," says Richard Holober, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California.

SB 313 requires businesses providing the renewals to improve notification, allow consumers to easily cancel the arrangement

April 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that protects consumers who sign up for a free trial with an automatic renewal for a service that comes with a charge today passed the Senate.

SB 778 provides a mechanism for the state to intervene in communities with water problems

April 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to ensure that all Californians have access to safe, affordable drinking water today passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

April 19, 2017

Heard on All Things Considered

By MEGAN KAMERICK

Every day in this country students come to school without a way to pay for lunch. Right now it's up to the school to decide what happens next.

Since new legislation out of New Mexico on so-called lunch shaming made headlines, we've heard a lot about how schools react.

April 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO (KPIX 5) — A bill moving through California’s legislature takes aim at a practice often called “food shaming,” when school children are treated differently when their parents or guardians fail to pay meal fees.

April 10, 2017

BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD

On any given day in California, tens of thousands of people sit in county jail not because of a criminal conviction, but because they can’t afford to leave.

Such is the travesty of justice that is the cash bail system. At $50,000, the state’s median bail amount is out of reach for most defendants, who tend to be poor or working class.

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