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Bill establishes a process for oil companies to fund the program and for regulators to review plans, ensure positive environmental benefits result

February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In a bid to jump start California’s six-year-old rigs-to-reef program, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today that establishes a clear process for how the program will be funded by oil companies and how the state will decide whether to turn decommissioned oil rigs into artificial reefs instead of fully removing them from the ocean.

Under SB 440, state taxpayers will be able to continue donating some of their refunds to cancer research through 2024

February 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation to extend tax checkoffs for cancer research through 2024, ensuring that Californians can mark boxes on their state tax returns to help fund the search for a cure to the dreaded disease.

The California Breast Cancer Research Fund and the California Cancer Research Fund are two of the 19 tax checkoff funds that presently appear on tax returns, but they will disappear after 2017 without legislative action. Checkoffs must be renewed every seven years to remain on tax returns.

SB 313 requires businesses providing the renewals to improve notification, allow consumers to easily cancel the arrangement

February 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation that allows consumers to sign up for a free trial without agreeing to an automatic renewal for the service that comes with a charge.

In addition, SB 313 requires businesses to make it just as easy for consumers to cancel the arrangements as it was to sign up for them. The bill directs businesses to notify consumers three days before they are charged for an automatic renewal, and it requires businesses to obtain a consumer’s separate authorization for the renewal.

February 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement on Thursday evening concerning reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency had carried out raids in Van Nuys and the San Fernando Valley earlier in the day:

The Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act establishes a process to tackle school lunch debts without publicly embarrassing kids

February 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to stop schools from publicly shaming or embarrassing students by either denying them lunch or providing a snack instead because their parents haven’t paid lunch bills, and it directs schools to establish a process for notifying their families about unpaid fees and collecting them.    

A constitutional amendment will allow water agencies to provide discounted rates to the poor, higher rates for big users

February 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced a constitutional amendment today that will help California better manage water by allowing agencies to adjust their rates to encourage conservation and provide discounts to people struggling to pay their water bills.

The bill follows on Hertzberg’s work to restore fairness to California’s criminal justice system and roll back overly harsh penalties

January 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today to prevent the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who are unable to pay fines or fees for minor traffic tickets and require courts to determine violators’ ability to pay before setting fine amounts.

SB 185, introduced this morning, states that your economic status shouldn’t determine your access to justice and ability to make amends. In addition, any previously suspended licenses must be reinstated for violators who make a good faith effort to begin payment plans.

He lauds call to be "the better angels of our nature"

January 24, 2017

The former state librarian and historian was an "intellectual giant"

January 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today regarding the death of former State Librarian Kevin Starr this past weekend:

“I am deeply impacted to hear about the passing of Kevin Starr, a lifelong friend, an outstanding mentor and a one-of-a-kind intellectual giant who shaped Californians’ understanding of our history and ourselves like no one before him.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal follows legislation Hertzberg authored that prompted a re-examination of driver’s license suspensions

January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 state budget, which calls for eliminating statutory provisions related to suspending driver’s licenses for people who fail to pay fines or fees:

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