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SB 231 makes it easier for local agencies to finance projects that collect free rainwater and recycle it for use, instead of letting it go to waste

October 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation to help cities capture and manage stormwater.

SB 231 is part of Hertzberg’s strategy to modernize California’s water resources as they are strained by climate change, continuing cycles of drought and a steadily growing population. As California suffered through a punishing five-year drought, public awareness has grown about the importance of capturing and reusing rainwater. 

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

October 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation 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, provides vital funding to fight 2nd leading cause of death

October 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation to ensure that Californians can continue to mark boxes on their state tax returns to contribute money to cancer research.

SB 440 extends a tax checkoff for cancer research from 2017 through 2024.

SB 313 requires businesses signing up consumers for free trial services to disclose the cost of any automatic renewal of the product

September 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation that protects consumers who sign up for automatic renewal purchases by requiring disclosure of the cost and greater ease in canceling the arrangements.

Driver’s licenses are no longer suspended solely for failing to pay traffic tickets; the law should be made retroactive to help 200,000 Californians

September 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to lift the suspension of driver’s licenses for 200,000 Californians who are struggling to pay traffic ticket fines and fees.

In a letter sent to Brown this week, Hertzberg said it is common sense to extend a change in law that took place on June 27 to drivers who already have had their licenses suspended, instead of applying only to Californians after that date. 

SB 779 asks Dept. of Insurance to look at whether bail insurance rates are related to the risk the insurers take on

September 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation this week as part of a two-track effort to figure out why the bail bond insurance market, unlike other forms of insurance, doesn’t link the cost of insurance with the risk assumed by the insurer. In addition to SB 779, Hertzberg announced that the Senate Committee on Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions plans to conduct an informational hearing on the issue later this year.

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

September 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly 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.

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

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly 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.

Legislature should pass Sen. Hertzberg's SB 185

September 11, 2017

By EMMETT D. CARSON and KIMBERLY THOMAS RAPP

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a historic law this summer ending driver license suspensions for failure to pay traffic fines. Going forward, license suspensions are more likely to be about traffic safety than punishing people for not having money. Thousands of Californians will no longer risk losing their jobs for lack of a driver’s license.

SB 237 makes Gov. Jerry Brown’s change in law retroactive, so Californians who can’t pay traffic fines can get their DLs back

September 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to roll back driver’s license suspensions for Californians who have been unable to pay their traffic fines and fees.

SB 237 would apply to about 200,000 Californians who did not benefit from Traffic Amnesty Program that ended this spring and who had their licenses suspended before Gov. Jerry Brown changed the law to prevent the practice in a trailer bill attached to the 2017-18 state budget.

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