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Senator Hertzberg congratulates fellow former California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins on becoming next Senate Pro Tem

December 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the announcement that Senator Toni G. Atkins will succeed Senator Kevin de León as Senate President pro Tempore:

Fire has burned upwards of 11,000 acres in Los Angeles County, with thousands of homes evacuated

December 5, 2017

VAN NUYS – Early this morning, a brush fire erupted shortly before 4 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in Sylmar. By mid-day, the fire had expanded to more than 11,000 acres with little to no containment. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has been in touch with Los Angeles fire and public safety officials, as well as local elected officials, to offer assistance and spread the word about evacuation orders and the latest news on the rapidly evolving situation.

December 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – This morning, copies of a letter from Glaser Weil regarding accusations of sexual harassment against their client, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, surfaced in the media and on social media. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who is Of Counsel to the firm, released the following statement:

Bill would have significant impact on California taxpayers

December 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Last night, the United States Senate passed a tax reform measure after midnight on a vote of 51-49. The bill, if enacted into law, would consolidate the existing seven tax brackets, cut taxes on the wealthy, and eliminate a number of deductions that typically benefit low and middle income earners. In response to the bill’s passage in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement:

Judges echo SB 10 by calling for an end to the cash bail system, creating pretrial services agencies to assess if defendants are safe to be released

October 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, who have jointly authored legislation to reform a pretrial process that keeps many people in jail simply because they cannot afford bail issued the following statements regarding a report released today by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup:   

SB 61 keeps food banks on tax state returns through 2026, provides vital source of funding to feed the hungry

October 12, 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 food banks.

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

October 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed his legislation 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 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.

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