Here are Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s top bills when session resumes Monday

Reducing energy costs, helping homeless pets and promoting health coverage dominate final term

July 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Reducing energy costs through more efficient access, providing care for pets owned by the unhoused and promoting ways low-income residents can obtain health coverage are among the proposed laws Sen. Bob Hertzberg will be pushing when this year’s legislative session resumes Monday.

Below are some of the top bills the outgoing San Fernando Valley Democrat hopes are approved and sent to the governor prior to the Legislature’s scheduled Aug. 31 adjournment.

Other key measures include toughening indoor water-quality standards and making it cheaper to transmit green energy. For pets, he wants to help provide food, shelter and veterinary services for those whose owners are obtaining help at state homeless shelters.

“Like most Californians, I want a healthier environment and to make it easier for working families to have health insurance,” former Senate Majority Leader Hertzberg said as he nears the end of his final year of a term he won in 2014 after serving six years in the Assembly, including two as Speaker. “I hope to end my tenure in the Legislature as I began: Fighting to improve the quality of life for all Californians.”

Hertzberg’s other bills would help create green jobs and fight climate change.

Here, in bill-number order, are summaries of the top bills the Van Nuys resident hopes receive the Legislature approval and a signature from Gov. Newsom.

Senate Bill 513 – Supporting Both Ends of the Leash

Citing how pet ownership can improve mental and physical health, this bill would award grants to homeless shelters to help provide food and basic veterinary services to the pets of those experiencing homelessness.

SB 529 – Permit to Construct Transmission Facilities

This measure would speed up construction of certain electrical transmission lines and promote clean energy to fight climate change.

SB 891 – Stormwater Permits

This pro-environment bill calls for improving the state’s management of water runoffs by closing loopholes in existing law.

SB 903 – CDCR Reporting on Homelessness

This legislation would addresses the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s efforts to address the housing needs of persons recently released from its custody, including individuals with serious mental health needs.

SB 967 – Access to Health Care

This pro-patient measure would allow taxpayers to indicate on their annual tax returns if they want information on their low-cost health care options. 

SB 973 – State Supplemental Payments

Residents of modest means would receive greater financial support under this plan to streamline payments and cut bureaucracy in California’s State Supplemental Program. 

SB 1157 – Indoor Water Use Standards

Supported by state and national environmental groups, SB 1157 builds on California’s success in increasing water efficiency by updating indoor residential water use standards.

SB 1174 – Clean Energy Transmission

Supported by the Environmental Defense Fund as well as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and many others, this environmentally friendly bill would speed up needed transmission upgrades to connect offshore wind farms and other clean-energy sources to the state power grid.



For more information, visit Senator Hertzberg’s website and follow @SenBobHertzberg on Twitter.

Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg represents nearly one million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. Learn more at



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