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A constitutional amendment will allow water agencies to provide discounted rates to the poor, higher rates for big users

February 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced a constitutional amendment today that will help California better manage water by allowing agencies to adjust their rates to encourage conservation and provide discounts to people struggling to pay their water bills.

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

January 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today 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.

SB 185, introduced this morning, states that your economic status shouldn’t determine your access to justice and ability to make amends. In addition, any previously suspended licenses must be reinstated for violators who make a good faith effort to begin payment plans.

He lauds call to be "the better angels of our nature"

January 24, 2017

The former state librarian and historian was an "intellectual giant"

January 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today regarding the death of former State Librarian Kevin Starr this past weekend:

“I am deeply impacted to hear about the passing of Kevin Starr, a lifelong friend, an outstanding mentor and a one-of-a-kind intellectual giant who shaped Californians’ understanding of our history and ourselves like no one before him.

It's time for the government to do something about it

January 16, 2017

CAPITOL JOURNAL

By George Skelton

It’s a recurring nightmare: You get busted, perhaps for drunk driving and causing an injury accident, or maybe on a bum rap. You’re jailed and can’t make bail.

You’re shoved behind bars with a scummy cellmate. You can’t go to work. Bills go unpaid. And you don’t have any mobility to plan your defense.

You’re locked up solely because you don’t have enough money to arrange bail.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal follows legislation Hertzberg authored that prompted a re-examination of driver’s license suspensions

January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 state budget, which calls for eliminating statutory provisions related to suspending driver’s licenses for people who fail to pay fines or fees:

January 10, 2017

By Paul Rogers

The powerful storms that soaked Northern California over the past week did more than trigger power outages, mudslides and flash floods.

They sent roughly 350 billion gallons of water pouring into California’s biggest reservoirs — boosting their storage to levels not seen in years, forcing dam operators to release water to reduce flood risks and all but ending the five-year drought across much of Northern California, even though it remains in the south, experts said Monday.

January 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) – California lawmakers are taking a closer look at the state’s bail system. New legislation aims to change the entire pre-trial process.

“It’s a way to basically punish people and keep people in jail who are poor,” said Senator Bob Hertzberg, District 18.

Right now, bail is set after a person is arrested. The amount depends on a fee schedule that’s different in each county. Then, the accused person either pays upfront or pays 10% of the money to a bond company. State lawmakers believe that chunk of change could be too big for some Californians.

Under SB 61, state taxpayers will have the option to donate some of their refunds to feed the hungry on returns through 2026

December 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to extend a tax checkoff for food banks through 2026, ensuring that Californians can choose to donate some of their state tax refund to help feed the hungry by marking a box on their returns.

The Emergency Food for Families Fund has appeared on tax returns since 1998 as a donation option, but it is scheduled to disappear beginning in 2019, without legislation action.

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