Press Releases

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

April 12, 2016

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

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 jail.

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

April 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, 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 was passed today by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

SB 820 removes sunset for California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

April 6, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that extends 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, today was passed by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

SB 1349 overhauls Cal-Access to make campaign and lobbying disclosures quick and easy to find online

April 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information today was passed by the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee.

SB 919 will help the state avoid wasting renewable energy generation, while lowering the cost of water production

April 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive was passed today by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

SB 919 requires the state to better coordinate its power by directing excess renewable energy that can occur during the middle of the day toward water agencies that recycle or purify water.

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. 

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