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Attorney General announces he will not seek an appeal to recent bail ruling; calls for reforms to California’s current bail system

February 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released a statement in response to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s announcement that he will not seek an appeal to the First District Court of Appeal of California’s recent ruling that current bail setting practices are unconstitutional.

February 19, 2018

by Mark Madler

A San Fernando Valley lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank in California.

State Sen. Robert Hertzberg said such a financial institution will improve business operations for dispensaries and other suppliers to the industry as well as address public safety issues as the businesses won’t be handling large amounts of cash.

Hertzberg called his bill a simple solution to a problem that will only become worse now that recreational marijuana sales are legal in the state.

February 9, 2018

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

As Gov. Jerry Brown loves to point out, revenue in California goes up and down like a roller coaster because of the state’s over-reliance on volatile income and capital gains taxes. This whipsaws public schools and wreaks havoc with many agencies.

February 5, 2018

By Chris Nichols

Social media companies such as Twitter would be required to identify automated accounts, known as bots, under a new bill scheduled to be introduced in the California Legislature this week.

Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles said his bill would not ban bots. Instead, it would shed light on the fake accounts that simulate real people and spread waves of false information across their platforms, the lawmaker said.

The Middle Class Tax Relief Act aims to modernize California’s tax system, offset impacts of Trump tax law

February 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced legislation today to reduce middle class income taxes by expanding California’s modest service taxes to target other high-end services. Taken together, the tax modernization in Hertzberg’s bill will help to counteract the damage done by the Trump tax in Washington.

Court ruling specifically highlights SB 10 as it deems current California money bail system unconstitutional

January 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Last week, the First District Court of Appeal of California declared current bail setting practices unconstitutional.  In its ruling, the court states that legislation is, “desperately needed” and mentions SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Asm. Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).

January 29, 2018

By The Editorial Board

One month into California’s recreational marijuana experiment, state leaders must show much more of a sense of urgency about the need to give what’s expected to be a $7 billion annual industry access to banking services. Nearly all banks that are subject to federal regulation decline pot shops’ and pot growers’ business because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. That’s led to the present spectacle of dispensary managers lugging tens of thousands of dollars in cash to state tax offices — an invitation to an epidemic of armed robberies.

SB 930 would help financial institutions safely conduct transactions with cannabis businesses

January 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to help financial institutions safely conduct transactions with cannabis businesses. SB 930 would allow financial institutions to work with licensed cannabis businesses to:

Supported by state funding, the $92 million project will clean up and restore the use of groundwater as a safe, high-quality source of drinking water in the San Fernando Valley

January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, released the following statement today following the groundbreaking of the North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project:

SB 898 asks Department of Insurance to examine companies that provide coverage to California bail industry

January 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation this week to complement his ongoing examination of the state’s bail industry by asking the California Department of Insurance (CDI) to study the bail insurance market.

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