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October 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today released the following statement in response to the announcement that the state has launched the nation's first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System:

October 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced today that Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 265, a bill that will end the practice of lunch shaming students whose parents have outstanding school lunch debt.

In recent years, the practice of school lunch shaming has come to light. In some school cafeterias, students who haven’t paid lunch fees are directed out of lunch lines and instead given bread and cheese, or their lunches are simply dumped into the garbage while peers look on.

October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today announced that SB 36, his bill to regulate the use of pretrial risk assessment tools, was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

In recent years, California has led the nation in adopting new tools and processes aimed at making the pretrial justice system fairer for the accused in the period between when they are charged with a crime and when they are brought to trial.

September 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced today that he will not be advancing SB 51 this year, but emphasized his commitment to work together with sponsor Fiona Ma and the Governor’s Office to iron out necessary clarifications and implementation details.

“If we’re going to do this, we have to do it right,” said Hertzberg. “We owe it to the dozens of cities, counties, and cannabis industry officials who have been supporting this effort to see it through.”

August 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced that his bill to close a loophole in schools’ abilities to deny food for or otherwise shame children with school lunch debt, along with a handful of other key bills, passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee today.

August 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today applauded the decision of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to clear SB 51 for a vote on the Senate Floor.

August 27, 2019

These days, all eyes are on California. Our lawmakers frequently make bold changes to address the most pressing issues of our time. In a state that’s home to the innovators of Silicon Valley and the farmers of the Central Valley, we are often on the forefront when it comes to the boundaries we’re willing to push and the policy risks we’re willing to take.

This attention on us means we have to get it right.

August 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is moving to eliminate what state legislators call an outdated Wild West law requiring that citizens help police upon demand.

Lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a measure eliminating the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872.

The nearly 150-year-old law makes it a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 for failing to help police make an arrest or catch a fleeing suspect.

July 27, 2019

SACRAMENTO – On July 1, Senate Bill 41 was approved by the California State Assembly, promising to rid the civil damages awards system of discrimination. 

According to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Robert Hertzberg's website, SB41 was unanimously passed by the California State Assembly and will “prohibit the practice of granting historically marginalized groups lower damages in personal injury and wrongful death cases.”

July 24, 2019

When Julieanne Gerard first laid eyes on Cookie three years ago, the tabby belonged to someone else and was in the backseat of a car with a rope tied around her small neck.

The feline looked starved, weighing what seemed like one pound, even though she was about 3 years old, and her teeth were rotten. The sight horrified Gerard, who said her instinct was to immediately rescue the cat from her then owners, who she described as homeless and addicted to drugs.

Gerard scrounged in her purse and dug up all that she had to her name at the time, which was a $20 bill.