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Sen. Bob Hertzberg law expected to help prevent water shortages

October 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed into law a Sen. Bob Hertzberg plan to require regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg bill will help those who have been overcharged

October 6, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Concurring with lawmakers, Gov. Brown today signed into law a plan to make permanent a soon-to-expire program to help taxpayers who are overcharged by the state Franchise Tax Board.

October 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed into law a plan to help low-income Californians have greater access to equal justice by using unclaimed funds to help attorneys practice public-interest law.

“Every year, thousands of young lawyers graduate from law school with a desire to launch their careers performing public service,” said Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, author of Senate Bill 134. “Faced with skyrocketing education costs, however, more and more of our finest legal minds are opting to instead go straight into private practice.”

Measure recognizes efforts to reduce disparities in care

October 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown, acting in support of diversion programs that reduce recidivism among nonviolent mentally ill offenders, today signed into law a funding plan sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

“Too many people with mental health needs are taken to jail as a first option,” Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said about Senate Bill 621. “This bill will help make clear that counties can apply for special grants to pay for diversion programs for the mentally ill. This will save tax dollars and help those in need become more self-sufficient and stay out of jail.”  

Law will restore ‘due process’

September 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today endorsed another traffic-fine proposal by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to help working families, strengthen the economy and increase public safety by making it easier for working Californians to live with skyrocketing costs for minor tickets.

The most recent step came today when Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 405, which guarantees Californians the right to challenge many routine traffic tickets without having to first pay the contested fines. 

Lawmakers endorse Bob Hertzberg-backed measures

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Reducing traffic fines, protecting water supplies and providing incentives for attorneys to perform legal help for working residents are among the proposals by Sen. Bob Hertzberg that await final action by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s bill seeks to restore ‘due process’

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers today endorsed another traffic-fine proposal by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to help working families, strengthen the economy and increase public safety by making it easier for working Californians to live with skyrocketing costs for minor tickets.

The most recent step came today when the Senate approved and sent Gov. Brown Senate Bill 405, which would guarantee Californians the right to challenge many routine traffic tickets without having to first pay the contested fines. 

Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s bill would pay for program with unclaimed funds

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers approved and sent to Gov. Brown a plan to help low-income Californians have greater access to equal justice by using unclaimed funds to help attorneys practice public-interest law.

“Every year, thousands of young lawyers graduate from law school with a desire to launch their careers performing public service,” Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said today about Senate Bill 134. “Faced with skyrocketing education costs, however, more and more of our finest legal minds are opting to instead go straight into private practice.”

Bill requiring local government agencies to catalog goes to governor

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers voted for increased openness by approving a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to require local government agencies to make public catalogs of key computer systems.

Gov. Brown now has 30 days to sign Senate Bill 272, veto it or allow the measure to become law without his signature.

Measure will be pursued in 2016

September 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Power users in California and neighboring Western states would have greater access to more reliable and less expensive sources of renewable energy under a plan to fight climate change unveiled today by Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

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