Press Releases

SB 820 extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

August 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed 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.

SB 882, which helps prevent youths from entering the criminal justice system for transit fare evasion, will take effect in 2017

August 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed SB 882, legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that prohibits youths from being charged with a criminal violation for transit fare evasion and instead treats the offense through an administrative process.

Criminal charges for transit fare evasions can force youths to miss school for court appearances, saddle a youth with a criminal record and, sometimes, result in a youth ending up in juvenile hall.

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

August 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive.

SB 919, which 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, passed on a bipartisan 63-0 vote. The bill goes next to the Senate for concurrence.

SB 614 clarifies the law to ensure prisoners serving a year or more in jail receive the same access to legal representation as those in prison

August 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today announced legislation to correct an oversight of law created by the state’s 2011 public safety realignment that denies county jail inmates the same rights to legal representation they would receive if they were in state prison.

SB 1476 increases transparency and oversight of tax checkoffs, ensuring the money is distributed promptly to the appropriate agency

August 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly approved legislation today by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that increases transparency and oversight of charitable contributions made on tax returns.

SB 954 requires employees to give consent before employers can deduct a portion of wages for use by contractor associations

August 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires employees to give their consent before employers can deduct wages from their paychecks for industry advancement programs passed the Senate today on a 22-11 vote.

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

August 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed 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.

SB 882, which helps prevent youths from entering the criminal justice system for transit fare evasion, goes to the governor

August 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that prohibits youths from being charged with a criminal violation for transit fare evasion and instead treats the offense like a parking ticket, with an administrative process.

SB 820 extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

August 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today approved 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.

Lawsuit highlights license suspensions for failure to pay traffic fines

August 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued this statement today regarding a lawsuit challenging the Los Angeles County court system for suspending driver’s licenses:

“We know that suspending driver’s licenses for people who are struggling to make ends meet can have huge negative consequences including costing them their jobs. It’s imperative that courts take into account the severity of this action. Driver’s licenses should be suspended only when merited and not for minor missteps, such as failing to pay a traffic fine on time.”

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