State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.

April 27, 2015

California could become the first state to require that local governments maintain a list of the technology systems used to collect and store public data.

Senate Bill 272, authored by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, calls for California’s 58 counties and nearly 500 cities to catalog the software they use that accumulates public information, including how often it is collected and who’s in charge of it. The measure is meant to help local agencies and citizens better understand what data exists and empower them to use it, according to a fact sheet on the bill.

SB 405, Driving Down Debt, by Sen. Hertzberg, is cited

April 27, 2015

Soaring municipal fees are turning traffic tickets into such major expenses that many can’t get their car out of the impound lot. People shouldn’t lose their transportation to work over an illegal left turn. Sen. Robert Hertzberg’s SB 405 aims to fix that.

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SB 405 would address making punishment fit the crime

April 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to improve the ability of the working poor to reach their jobs faces its first public review tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28, by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg pushes bill to boost civic participation

April 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As part of an effort to improve turnout, voters for all statewide primary, special and general elections would receive vote-by-mail ballots under a Sen. Bob Hertzberg bill that today passed its first policy test.

By Tammerlin Drummond Oakland Tribune Columnist/Bay Area News Group

April 20, 2015

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By Christopher Cadelago

April 16, 2015

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Christina Charles acknowledges she broke the law. 
Between 2011 and 2012, Charles improperly stopped at a stop sign. She drove with a missing license plate and a taillight out.

Her license was suspended when she couldn’t pay for the tickets and failed to appear in court. Charles also was stopped for driving on the suspended license and without car insurance. 
She eventually piled up $6,000 in debt.

Support grows for Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s bill to improve public access to information

April 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan, 7-to-0 vote, a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to require local government agencies to conduct system-wide inventories of collected data today passed its first policy test.

By Aaron Mendelson

April 15, 2015

The California legislature is considering a trio of bills that would crack open the state's vast amounts of public data. The seemingly small changes they require, including dictating the electronic file types and tracking systems that governments use, aim to make data easier for citizens to access and analyze.

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