Press Releases

Modernizing the tax structure is crucial for stabilizing the state budget, growing revenues and avoiding deep cuts during economic downturns

June 9, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement concerning state Controller Betty Yee’s report today on tax reform:

“Controller Betty Yee and I agree: It’s time to make the tough decisions on tax reform. It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road! The present system is not fair to Californians, and to continue with this unstable system that produces wildly fluctuating, zig-zag revenues will hurt Californians and the services they depend on and will undercut the state’s future.”

SB 882 helps prevent youths from entering the criminal justice system, and potentially serving jail time, for transit fare evasion

June 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that prohibits youths from being charged with a criminal violation for transit fare evasion and instead treats the offense like a parking ticket, with an administrative process.

SB 1029 responds to issues raised by a San Francisco embezzlement case in which millions of dollars in bonds were looted

June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires the state to track and report on all state and local government debt until it is fully repaid or redeemed.  

SB 1349 overhauls Cal-Access to make campaign and lobbying disclosures quick and easy to find online

May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information.

SB 1137 makes intentionally introducing ransomware into any computer, system or network a crime equivalent to extortion

May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to help protect computer users by outlawing the practice of infecting computers with ransomware and making it the criminal equivalent of extortion.

SB 881 follows 2015 legislation that helped establish a traffic amnesty program

May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that stops the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who fail to appear in court on minor traffic offenses or fail to pay fines for those offenses.

Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils supports effort by coalition of San Fernando Valley leaders to accelerate projects in Metro draft expenditure plan

May 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES – The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) has joined a coalition of business, education and community leaders in calling on Metro to revise its draft expenditure plan to speed up transportation improvements planned for the San Fernando Valley.

May Revision represents thoughtful stewardship, but underlying tax problem must be fixed to deliver real progress for Californians

May 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised state budget proposal:

“Lower-than-expected personal income taxes are a reminder of the precarious nature of the state’s income and the need for broad tax reform to eliminate the wild zigs and zags in revenue that can cause so much uncertainty and harm. We need a stable, growing tax base – not one that will fall off a cliff when the next recession comes.

SB 820 removes sunset for California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

May 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, a vital legal tool enacted in 2004 that has helped propel the cleanup and development of vacant hazardous waste sites across the state.

The Senate passed SB 820 on a bipartisan, 38-0 vote. The bill goes next to the Assembly for consideration.

SB 919 will help the state avoid wasting renewable energy generation, while lowering the cost of water production

May 9, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive.

SB 919, which requires the state to better coordinate its power by directing excess renewable energy that can occur during the middle of the day toward water agencies that recycle or purify water, passed on a bipartisan, 35-0 vote. The bill goes next to the Assembly.  

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