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

March 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – 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 was passed today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.  

SB 1029, which is sponsored by state Treasurer John Chiang, also requires the issuer of any state or local government debt to provide an annual debt accountability report to the state. In addition, debt issuers must certify they have adopted local debt policies and that the debt issuance is consistent with those policies.

March 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today after the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a draft plan for project spending if voters approve a half-cent sales tax increase next fall:

With introduction of SB 1349, proponent of the Voters’ Right to Know Act decides not to put the initiative on November ballot

March 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information to make it user friendly and easy for the public to access in a timely fashion.

SB 1349 directs the state to overhaul the Secretary of State’s antiquated Cal-Access system for filing and accessing campaign finance and lobbying data. It establishes important guidelines for the project, including creating a system that is data driven, rather than form based, and adhering to prevailing standards for search and open data.

Education Committee Approves SB 911, which extends vital program helping Native American students stay in school

March 9, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Education Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that would make the California American Indian Education Center program permanent so it can continue to assist Native American students and help them stay in school and go on to college. 

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

February 18, 2016

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

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 prison. 

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

February 12, 2016

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

SB 1029 also requires the issuer of any state or local government debt to provide an annual debt accountability report to the state.

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

February 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today 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.

The bill is part of Hertzberg’s ongoing efforts to lift people out of poverty, rebuild the middle class and improve economic development in struggling communities across California.

Hertzberg introduces SB 919 to better manage California’s renewable energy resources

January 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to maximize water supply during California’s historic drought, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation that encourages local water recycling by reducing the cost of the power used in processes to purify or reuse the water. 

SB 881 and SB 882 follow 2015 legislation that helped establish a traffic amnesty program, continue efforts to lift people out of poverty and rebuild the middle class

January 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced two bills designed to protect poor and disadvantaged violators of minor traffic or transit offenses from unfair fines or penalties that can undermine their ability to hold a job or stay in school.

The measures are part of Hertzberg’s ongoing efforts to lift people out of poverty, rebuild the middle class and improve California’s justice system.

SB 820 removes sunset for California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act

January 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today introduced legislation to extend 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. 

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