Press Releases

January 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today after the Legislative Analyst’s Office published a new report on California’s criminal fine and fee system:

January 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today on a new bipartisan Senate plan to tackle homelessness:

Measures authored by Sen. Hertzberg become law Jan. 1

December 23, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Crucial new laws authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that will help better protect California’s water systems from earthquakes and ensure state taxpayers get prompt assistance and refunds when they are overcharged will take effect on Jan. 1.

Other legislation carried by Hertzberg will help ensure low-income Californians get legal assistance and require local governments to make public the types of data they are collecting. A full listing of Hertzberg’s enacted bills is below.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg hearing to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15

December 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg is convening a hearing Tuesday to examine customer service at the state Department of Motor Vehicles, including experience with the recently enacted traffic fine amnesty program.

The review by the Committee on Governance and Finance Subcommittee on Modernizing Government, chaired by Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, will look at DMV practices, including licensing immigrant drivers, the new “motor voter” law and implementation of the state’s new amnesty program for minor traffic tickets.

December 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today he has hired Andrew LaMar as his communications director. LaMar begins on Monday.

LaMar will take over for Ray Sotero, who becomes communications director for Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley.

Commission hearing to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 in San Francisco

December 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, author of a recent law to improve court access, today released a letter to a special panel reviewing key elements of court procedures relating to traffic fines and court funding.

Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, authored Senate Bill 405, which eliminated the requirement that all fines and penalties be paid before a driver can get a court hearing on a traffic ticket.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg hearing to begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9

December 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Sen. Bob Hertzberg is convening an oversight hearing Wednesday to find out why millions of dollars in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts last year.

“This is unacceptable,” said Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance. “People expect their money to be spent for these important purposes and bureaucratic delays send absolutely the wrong message to those who made donations in good faith.”

Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Dec. 3

December 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of groundbreaking efforts to help millions of working Californians fight skyrocketing fines for minor driving offenses, Sen. Bob Hertzberg has been invited to the White House Thursday to share his views regarding how justice systems often criminalize poverty.

Titled “White House Convening: A Cycle of Incarceration – Prison, Debt and Bail Practices,” the day-long event hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice includes leading members of President Obama’s Administration.

Southland leader is only California lawmaker to be cited

November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group dedicated to recognizing “smart, pro-growth progressive solutions” by state and local leaders nationwide today named Sen. Bob Hertzberg one of six winning policymakers for his idea to fight climate change through creative energy sharing with other states.

SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg cited

October 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES – A recently enacted statewide traffic-ticket amnesty program spearheaded by Senate Democrats is bringing relief to thousands of low-income California drivers who have been dogged for years by outstanding traffic-ticket fines and “failure to appear” citations.

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