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Legislation punishing ransomware, expediting traffic amnesty claims, improving water supply and modernizing Cal-Access awaits action

September 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Three bills by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, have been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in recent weeks and 10 more have been sent to the governor’s desk. Here is an update of Hertzberg’s legislation:

 

LEGISLATION SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

Cleaning Hazardous Waste Sites

SB 881 now focuses on ensuring courts respond promptly to traffic amnesty claims and honor all claims filed by March 31, 2017

August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires courts to respond to traffic amnesty claims within 90 days of the claims being filed.

SB 614 clarifies the law to ensure prisoners serving a year or more in jail receive the same access to legal representation as those in prison

August 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to correct an oversight of law created by the state’s 2011 public safety realignment that denies county jail inmates the same rights to legal representation they would receive if they were in state prison.

SB 614, which cleared the Assembly last week, was approved on a 39-0 vote and goes next to the governor for his consideration.

SB 954 requires employees to give consent before employers can deduct a portion of wages for use by contractor associations

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires employees to give their consent before employers can deduct wages from their paychecks for industry advancement programs.

SB 954 clarifies the list of deductions an employer can count to reduce hourly wages, without prior consent from employees. The bill excludes wage credits for employer payments for industry advancement unless it is part of a bargained agreement.

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.

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