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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

April 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed 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.

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

April 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations 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.

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

April 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee 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.

SB 313 requires businesses providing the renewals to improve notification, allow consumers to easily cancel the arrangement

April 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that protects consumers who sign up for a free trial with an automatic renewal for a service that comes with a charge today passed the Senate.

SB 778 provides a mechanism for the state to intervene in communities with water problems

April 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to ensure that all Californians have access to safe, affordable drinking water today passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

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

April 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Governance and Finance Committee today passed 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.

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

April 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee 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 California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 aims to eliminate the economic disparity and injustice in the pretrial process

April 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee 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.

SB 313 requires businesses providing the renewals to improve notification, allow consumers to easily cancel the arrangement

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that protects consumers who sign up for a free trial with an automatic renewal for a service that comes with a charge today passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In addition, SB 313 requires businesses to make it just as easy for consumers to cancel the arrangements as it was to sign up for them. The bill directs businesses to notify consumers three-to-seven days before they are charged for an automatic renewal, and it requires businesses to obtain a consumer’s stand-alone authorization for the renewal.

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

March 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – 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 passed the Senate Education Committee today.

SB 250 ensures that school officials do not delay or deny food to hungry students as punishment for unpaid school meal fees, and it directs schools to establish a process for notifying their families about unpaid fees and collecting them.

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