Press Releases

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.  

SB 1476 increases transparency and oversight of tax checkoffs, ensuring the money is distributed promptly to the appropriate agency

April 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate approved legislation today by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that increases transparency and oversight of charitable contributions made on tax returns.

SB 954 requires employees to give consent before employers can deduct a portion of wages for use by contractor associations

April 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires employees to give their consent before employers can deduct wages from their paychecks for industry advancement programs passed the Senate today on a 26-12 vote.

SB 1301 provides about $40 million in cap-and-trade revenue for clean energy projects aimed at reducing the use of fossil natural gas

April 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Southern California’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, which forced thousands of residents out of their homes and poured immense amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, has sparked debate about the state’s heavy reliance on fossil natural gas.

Today, legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that helps the state transition to alternative fuels passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

SB 1299 corrects uneven pricing between older and newer renewable energy contracts, thereby allowing older facilities to continue operating

April 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Contracts for California’s first wave of renewable energy facilities, built and producing power before the state first adopted its renewable energy targets in 2002, are expiring, and many facilities are in danger of shutting down because they are locked into low prices.

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

April 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – 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 today was passed by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

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

April 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – 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 today passed the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Ransomware is software that allows a computer hacker to access your computer, hold it hostage and demand payment in exchange for relinquishing the attack. Under the bill, a person engaged in the activity could be convicted of a felony and be given a sentence of up to four years in jail.

SB 936 allows state IBank to back more private lending to small businesses that need it, stimulating economic development

April 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, allowing the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) to expand the private lending it guarantees for small businesses that cannot qualify for standard loans was passed today by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

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