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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.

June 12, 2017

By Paul Payne

It all started with a drunken-driving arrest. Then there was the ticket for getting behind the wheel with a suspended license.

Soon, Tyler Watson of Sebastopol had unpaid fines totaling thousands of dollars — and no hope of ever getting his license back.

So this week, Watson, 38, walked into Sonoma County traffic court asking for help. The judge offered him a payment plan but warned he must stay off the road until his debt is settled.

Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Bedard takes over effective immediately

June 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Diane Griffiths, who has served as chief of staff for Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, since he was elected to the Senate in 2014 and previously when he was Assembly Speaker, is retiring today, ending a public service career that has spanned four decades. 

The bill follows on Hertzberg’s work to restore fairness to California’s criminal justice system and roll back overly harsh penalties

May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to prevent the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who are unable to pay fines or fees for minor traffic tickets and require courts to determine violators’ ability to pay before setting fine amounts.

The Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act establishes a process to tackle school lunch debts without publicly embarrassing kids

May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to stop schools from publicly shaming or embarrassing students by either denying them lunch or providing a snack instead because their parents haven’t paid lunch fees.

The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 aims to eliminate the economic disparity and injustice in the pretrial process

May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to reform California’s cash bail system and replace a pretrial process that often forces people of modest means to remain in jail until a court can determine their innocence or guilt but allows the wealthy to go free.

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