SB 882, which helps prevent youths from entering the criminal justice system for transit fare evasion, will take effect in 2017

August 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed SB 882, legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that prohibits youths from being charged with a criminal violation for transit fare evasion and instead treats the offense through an administrative process.

Criminal charges for transit fare evasions can force youths to miss school for court appearances, saddle a youth with a criminal record and, sometimes, result in a youth ending up in juvenile hall.

The Legislature needs to pass and the governor needs to sign Senate Bill 1298

August 19, 2016

When is water not water? When it falls from the sky and becomes storm water. Then it’s treated as toxic and wasted. But capturing storm water in Southern California and the Bay Area could increase the state’s stored water enough to supply Los Angeles for a year.

SB 919 will help the state avoid wasting renewable energy generation, while lowering the cost of water production

August 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive.

SB 919, which requires the state to better coordinate its power by directing excess renewable energy that can occur during the middle of the day toward water agencies that recycle or purify water, passed on a bipartisan 63-0 vote. The bill goes next to the Senate for concurrence.

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 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today announced legislation 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.

August 18, 2016


As Sen. Bob Hertzberg presented a bill dealing with sale or lease of public property on the Senate floor Monday, he referred to the “shpilkes” experienced by local officials when the state abolished their redevelopment programs a few years ago.

It’s a Yiddish word meaning “restlessness” and continued Hertzberg’s practice of dropping Yiddish words and phrases into his public utterances. And if his colleagues don’t know what they mean, the Los Angeles Democrat refers them to the “Yiddish for legislators” booklet that he distributes.

August 18, 2016

By Sandy Wells


The California state Senate has approved a bill this week that would allow actors to conceal their ages from websites such as Internet Movie Database used by casting directors in the film and TV industry.

State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) says AB 1687 would help a lot of older actors overcome age discrimination in seeking that next job.

AB 2466 (Weber) gives all citizens not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction the chance to vote

August 17, 2016

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

August 15, 2016

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

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

August 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – 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 passed the Senate today on a 22-11 vote.

SB 936 allows state IBank to back more private lending to small businesses that need it, stimulating economic development

August 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, allowing the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) to expand the private lending it guarantees for small businesses that cannot qualify for standard loans.

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