Improved public access to information sought

February 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On the eve of International Open Data Day, Sen. Bob Hertzberg introduced a bill to require local government agencies to conduct system-wide inventories of collected data and make the inventories publicly available under the California Public Records Act. 

February 11, 2015

Rarely does a freshman state senator propose anything substantial during his or her first few days in office. But Robert Hertzberg, elected last fall from a safe Democratic district in the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles, is hardly a typical newbie.

Measure to speed up how wills are processed sponsored by State Bar

February 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to save time and money for both the bereaved and taxpayers, Sen. Bob Hertzberg today announced introduction of  State Bar-sponsored plan to streamline certain court proceedings when addressing disposition of the assets of someone who has died.

Capitol Journal, by George Skelton

February 9, 2015

(This) no-brainer bill would make it easier to vote by requiring that every registered voter be mailed an absentee ballot. Now you've got to request one or be listed as a permanent absentee voter.

OK, but how much would that cost?

Less, says Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), author of the bill, SB 163. "Think about it."

“Nothing less than our democratic way of life is at risk”

February 6, 2015

Every registered voter in California would get a vote-by-mail ballot, whether they asked for one or not, under legislation being considered in Sacramento.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, says it might help reverse a slide in voter turnout.

“Unless we find a way to increase voter participation statewide, nothing less than our democratic way of life is at risk,” says Mr. Hertzberg, author of the legislation known as SB 163.

Voters would still have the option of voting in person at their designated polling location.

During Feb. 5 Senate Floor session

February 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO (Feb. 5, 2015) --  Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, welcomes members of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program, which includes leaders representing 22 countries from around the world.

Pro-democracy measure would boost civic participation

February 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Seeking a turnaround in declining participation in the most basic of civic duties – voting – Sen. Bob Hertzberg today introduced a plan to ensure every registered voter statewide has an easy choice between either voting by mail or voting at their polling place during primary, special and general elections.

January 30, 2015

Gov. Brown should use his poll numbers to craft better tax system
Don’t blow it, Governor. California is more pleased than ever with Gov. Jerry Brown’s performance, according to a statewide poll this week. Once-wary voters might even stomach continuing a higher sales tax, the poll found. Meanwhile, revenues are pouring in, with more money in the future.

It’s political nirvana, a moment to savor for any state leader. But this high point invites a question: Will Brown use this moment to create a genuine legacy that will serve California?

Announcement comes on 99th anniversary for ‘the people’s attorney’

January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to ensure that low-income Californians have greater access to equal justice, Sen. Bob Hertzberg today announced a plan to help attorneys pay off student loans if they agree to practice in key areas of public-interest law. Funding would come from donations to a special fund.

By Timm Herdt

January 28, 2015

Periodically, whenever state government revenues are riding high or falling fast, big thinkers in California begin earnestly arguing for major tax reform.

The crux of their argument is the undeniably outsized fluctuations in state revenues. It’s either caviar or cat food, and there’s no dispute about the reason: The personal income tax accounts for two-thirds of California’s general fund revenues, and more than half of all income taxes are paid by people with annual incomes in excess of $300,000.

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