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Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg is cited.

September 10, 2015

The state Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that allows people to schedule a court appearance even if they haven't paid fines and traffic penalties.

SB405 by Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles would require courts to schedule proceedings regardless of a person's ability to pay.

The bill comes after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers approved an amnesty program in the budget for residents who can't afford to pay off court fines and traffic penalties. The problem has resulted in 4.8 million driver's license suspensions since 2006.

By Patrick McGreevy

September 9, 2015

With California in the fourth year of a drought, a state lawmaker has introduced a last-minute bill that would require half of treated wastewater to be used for beneficial purposes, including landscape watering, by 2026 and 100% usage by 2036.

Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) gutted another bill to insert the language of his new proposal but said he would not have it taken up by the Legislature until next year.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg amends separate bill

September 8, 2015

BY DAVID SIDERS

dsiders@sacbee.com

By the end of the week, California lawmakers will decide the fate of a sweeping measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the subject of intense lobbying on both sides and a priority of Gov. Jerry Brown.

By Sharon McNary/KPCC

September 8, 2015

Every five years, urban water providers have to tell the state how reliable their water supply is, but a new law, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would require them to include information about vulnerable their systems are in the event of a a big earthquake.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg's opposition cited

September 7, 2015

First things first: An initiative authorizing the slaughter of gays and lesbians — or anyone else, for that matter — is reprehensible.

It has no place on the ballot, and anyone peddling that kind of hatred deserves every bit of public opprobrium that follows, as it did when an Orange County lawyer named Matt McLaughlin submitted the “Sodomite Suppression Act” to the attorney general earlier this year.

No one will be voting on McLaughlin’s crackpot idea.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg's support is cited

September 4, 2015

A day after the Senate failed to muster the votes needed, lawmakers on Friday approved an amended bill that would prohibit the sale of personal-care products that contain plastic microbeads, starting in 2020.

Lawmakers also gave final legislative approval to bills aimed at improving election turnouts and regulating unmanned aerial drones.

Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Logan Heights) said microbeads are a “significant source of pollution in our water bodies, including the Los Angeles River and San Francisco Bay.”

Sen. Bob Hertzberg: "This is just embarrassing."

September 4, 2015

It is pretty straightforward. Right there on page 4 of Form 540, your California Resident Income Tax Return, is a list of charities next to blank boxes. They range from the California Firefighters’ Memorial Fund to the Keep Arts in School Fund to Habitat for Humanity.

If you want to donate money to any of the charities, you simply fill in the amount in the box. Simple, easy and makes you feel good when doing your taxes.

But this is California and when it comes to our state government, little seems to be simple or easy.

SB 664 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg would help prevent water shortages

September 4, 2015

Hundreds of miles of canals and pipes deliver water to San Diego every day and NBC 7 Investigates found that while the county is taking steps to prepare for an emergency, one expert said it may not be enough.

NBC 7 Investigates gained access to what would become ground zero for San Diego County water officials if there was a terrorist strike, an earthquake or landslide.

A look inside San Jose politics and culture

September 2, 2015

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By Jennifer Wadsworth

Under an amnesty program that starts Oct. 1, California drivers struggling to pay off mounting traffic fines will have a chance to settle for a fraction of what they owe.

Sen. Bob Herzberg chairs the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance

August 27, 2015

By FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press

The chairman of California's Senate Governance and Finance committee said Thursday that he will ask committee staff to review all state accounts that handle charitable tax contributions to find out if there is unspent money languishing in them, in response to a report by The Associated Press.

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