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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.

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

September 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Concurring unanimously in Assembly amendments, the Senate today sent to Gov. Brown a plan to extend a soon-to-expire program to help taxpayers who are overcharged by the state Franchise Tax Board.

Measure recognizes efforts to reduce disparities in care

September 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In support of diversion programs that reduce recidivism among certain mentally ill offenders, the Assembly passed and sent to Gov. Brown a funding plan sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg bill would help prevent water shortages

September 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate approved and sent to the governor a Sen. Bob Hertzberg plan to require regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake.

Van Nuys Democrat talks about his pending major bills

August 26, 2015

Here are Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s top bills when session resumes Monday

August 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Reducing traffic fines, protecting the environment and providing incentives for attorneys to perform legal help for working residents are among the proposed laws Sen. Bob Hertzberg will be pushing when this year’s legislative session resumes Monday.

Here are some of the top bills the Van Nuys Democrat hopes are approved and sent to the governor prior to the Legislature’s scheduled Sept. 11 adjournment:

Bill would require local government agencies to catalog, report collected data

July 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to require local government agencies to make public catalogs of software systems passed its final Assembly policy test 7-0 today.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg seeks to streamline process, protect coast at no taxpayer expense

July 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Heeding arguments that California’s beautiful coastline will continue to face grave threats from oil spills and leaks, an Assembly policy committee today approved a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to make it easier to convert old oil rigs into artificial reefs and end off-shore oil production.

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