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SB 1349 overhauls Cal-Access to make campaign and lobbying disclosures quick and easy to find online

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information.

Traditional Polling Places to be Replaced by Convenient Vote Centers

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A measure authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and Senator Robert Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys) to transform the way elections are conducted passed the legislature today.  The bill, SB 450, was approved on a bipartisan, final vote of 26 - 11in the state Senate.

Editorial

August 27, 2016

Consider two people arrested within hours of each other by police who say the suspects look just like a couple of prowlers who were seen recently creeping around homes that suffered break-ins. Both men are taken to the station, both are booked for first-degree burglary and both are held in jail until being brought before a judge.

The judge sets a trial date and consults the official bail schedule — a kind of rate sheet that lays out how much money suspects must post, depending on the alleged crime and a range of other factors — and sets bail for each at $50,000.

With three days to go in this year’s legislative session, several bills have been sent to the Governor and a few await a final vote

August 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Two bills by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, were signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week, and several others passed the Legislature and were sent to his desk. Here is an update of Sen. Hertzberg’s bills:

 

LEGISLATION SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

Cleaning Hazardous Waste Sites

SB 1476 increases transparency and oversight of tax checkoffs, ensuring the money is distributed promptly to the appropriate agency

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate approved legislation today by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that increases transparency and oversight of charitable contributions made on tax returns.

Hertzberg's SB 1137 heads to Governor's desk

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):

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Legislation to explicitly outlaw "ransomware" hacking attacks is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

SB 1029 responds to issues raised by a San Francisco embezzlement case in which millions of dollars in bonds were looted

August 24, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires the state to track and report on all new state and local government debt until it is fully repaid or redeemed.

August 24, 2016

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Kids who skip out on transit payments will no longer face criminal charges under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. Fare evasion will result in administrative fines, but won’t escalate into a misdemeanor charge or jail time once the law takes effect at the start of next year.

SB 1137 clarifies that introducing ransomware into any computer, system or network is punishable as extortion

August 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to help protect computer users by clarifying that infecting computers with ransomware is a form of extortion and punishable as such.  

SB 820 extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

August 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, a vital legal tool enacted in 2004 that has helped propel the cleanup and development of vacant hazardous waste sites across the state.

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