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SB 185 dovetails with Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget provision stopping automatic driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay a ticket

July 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, requiring courts to offer traffic ticket violators payment plans and to reduce fine amounts to a level they can afford today passed the Assembly Transportation Committee.

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

July 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Labor and Employment 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.

June 30, 2017

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

California has a host of public policy issues that the state government hasn’t done a good job addressing. But when it comes to criminal justice reform, the state has seen considerable progress in recent years, thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown and the state lawmakers who have figured out how counterproductive it is to impose punishments that have the effect of upending people’s lives.

Bill establishes a process for oil companies to fund the program and for regulators to review plans, ensure positive environmental benefits result

June 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee today approved legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to jump start California’s six-year-old, rigs-to-reefs program.

SB 588 establishes a clear process for how the program will be funded by oil companies and how the state will decide if a decommissioned oil rig can be converted into an artificial reef instead of fully removing it from the ocean.

SB 614 follows up on legislation decriminalizing fare evasion violations for minors, provides incentives for agencies to issue their own citations

June 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to encourage transit agencies to set up their own administrative processes for citing and fining people who ride without paying fare and other violations was passed today by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

SB 614 was approved on a 12-1 vote and goes next to the Assembly floor. The bill has already passed the Senate.

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

June 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Judiciary 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.

SB 440 keeps cancer research donations on state tax returns through 2024, SB 61 keeps food banks on returns through 2026

June 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to ensure that Californians can continue to mark boxes on their state tax returns to contribute money to cancer research and, separately, food banks today passed the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

June 19, 2017

By Larry Buhl

The California Legislature is considering a proposal to link the cost of a traffic ticket to a person’s ability to pay. Supporters say if it becomes law, it will keep minor traffic violations from pushing low-income California drivers deep into debt. And, it could help the state recoup tens of millions of dollars in delinquent fines that people just can’t afford to pay.

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

June 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – 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 today passed the Assembly Local Government Committee.

SB 237 allows police to transport people who are arrested and suffering from mental health issues directly to care facilities instead of county jail

June 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that provides more options for law enforcement on how to handle people suffering a mental health crisis when they are arrested rather than taking them to jail passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee today.

SB 237 was unanimously approved as part of the committee’s consent calendar and goes next to the full Assembly for consideration.

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