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April 11, 2018

California pays the highest traffic fines in the country. For many, these fines can lead to cycles of debt. A recent report has shown that these fines disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. California Senator Bob Hertzberg joins Gina Dalma, vice president of government relations for SVCF in a conversation about how California got here and how reforms are beginning to help individuals. The discussion closes with advice from Sen. Hertzberg on how organizations can effectively push for policy reform.

April 7, 2018

By Mike Mielke

While the rains of March and early April were a welcome relief, they will likely do little over the long-term to lift California out of its water crisis. That’s because the state’s single largest source of water storage – the Sierra Snowpack – has been reduced considerably in recent decades and is projected to shrink more in the future, as we enter a “new normal” with hotter and drier years to come due to man-made climate change.

April 3, 2018

By Selina Wang

California has proposed legislation that would require social platforms like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to identify automated accounts, or bots, amid a push by state lawmakers to police the technology companies that have proven vulnerable to manipulation and the spread of fake news.

SB 931 passes in Senate Public Safety Committee on 6-0 vote, heads to Senate Floor

April 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that his bill to ensure that a person’s custody status is not the sole reason for delaying a mental health evaluation is headed for a vote on the Senate Floor.

Under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act of 1967, public guardians or conservators can help individuals receive treatment from medical facilities and look after their welfare and financial matters. It is an indispensable resource that allows a court-approved adult to provide for the welfare and safety of a gravely mentally ill adult. 

March 31, 2018

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and SHAILA DEWAN

Most bail bond agents make it their business to get their clients to court. But when Ronald Egana showed up at the criminal courthouse in New Orleans, he was surprised to find that his bondsman wanted to stop him.

A bounty hunter was waiting at the courthouse metal detector to intercept Mr. Egana and haul him to the bond company office, he said. The reason: The bondsman wanted to get paid.

Announcement comes after Sen. Hertzberg’s September letter to the Governor urging him to lift the suspension of driver’s licenses for 200,000 Californians

March 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced that they had lifted all drivers’ license suspensions that were based solely on Failure to Pay (FTP) violations.

March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — President Donald Trump has said Facebook and Twitter may have helped him win the presidency, but with the spread of fake news online, how effective will social media be in this upcoming election?

“Many of my students get their news now from social media from Facebook and Twitter,” said Andy Jones.

UC Davis Journalism Professor Andy Jones says social media’s spread of fake news may be endangering democracy. But studies show 98 percent of teens are on it.

March 2, 2018

By Tony Romm

Alonzo Washington delivered a dire warning to his fellow delegates in Maryland’s legislature last month: Russia might try to influence their elections, too.

So the Democratic veteran set about doing something that’s eluded his federal counterparts in the nation’s capital: advancing legislation to regulate tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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.

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