Press Releases

SB 779 asks Dept. of Insurance to look at whether bail insurance rates are related to the risk the insurers take on

September 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation this week as part of a two-track effort to figure out why the bail bond insurance market, unlike other forms of insurance, doesn’t link the cost of insurance with the risk assumed by the insurer. In addition to SB 779, Hertzberg announced that the Senate Committee on Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions plans to conduct an informational hearing on the issue later this year.

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

September 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed 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.

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

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly 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.

SB 237 makes Gov. Jerry Brown’s change in law retroactive, so Californians who can’t pay traffic fines can get their DLs back

September 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to roll back driver’s license suspensions for Californians who have been unable to pay their traffic fines and fees.

SB 237 would apply to about 200,000 Californians who did not benefit from Traffic Amnesty Program that ended this spring and who had their licenses suspended before Gov. Jerry Brown changed the law to prevent the practice in a trailer bill attached to the 2017-18 state budget.

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

August 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – 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 today passed the Assembly.

SB 231 has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration. The Assembly passed the bill on a 41-26 vote.

Hertzberg, Bonta will work with the Governor, Chief Justice over fall to fine tune SB 10 and ensure a final plan is passed early next year

August 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Moving bail reform one step closer to becoming reality in California, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown and Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye have agreed to work with Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, on bail reform legislation over the fall to ensure the final plan is pragmatic, workable and enduring.

Hertzberg to follow up with health fair in Pacoima on Saturday providing health screenings to help prevent the onset of diabetes

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Helping to highlight a growing disease that afflicts millions of Californians, the Senate today passed a resolution by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, declaring November 2017 “Diabetes Awareness Month.”

SB 606 sets the standards and process to make water efficiency a way of life as California braces for climate change, strained water supplies

August 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sens. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, unveiled legislation today that establishes permanent water efficiency standards and puts California on the path to maximizing its water supplies and minimizing waste in the same way it has for decades with gas and electricity.

U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduce legislation encouraging states to replace money bail

July 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, commended U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., for introducing federal legislation today aimed at encouraging states to replace money bail with pretrial risk assessments, as he has proposed in SB 10.

SB 606 follows up on lessons learned from California’s historic 5-year drought, establishes framework for improved water conservation

July 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, to better prepare the state for future droughts by weaving greater water efficiency goals and drought resiliency requirements into California’s water planning today passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

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