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Governor Brown approves bills to require bots to be labeled, and to incorporate blockchain into California business practices

September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today announced that a pair of his bills to help government keep up with technology were signed by Governor Jerry Brown. SB 1001, the B.O.T Act of 2018 (Bolstering Online Transparency), will require automated online accounts, or bots, to be identified. SB 838 will authorize the use of blockchain technology for corporate share certificates in California.

SB 237 will lift cap on Direct Access, giving commercial and industrial customers more choice in their electricity service

September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed his bill SB 237 yesterday. SB 237 will lift the cap on direct access (DA), which allows non-residential customers to choose electricity service separate from their local utility.

September 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California will be looking into the risks posed to the state’s electrical system by a geomagnetic storm or an electromagnetic pulse attack.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1076 into law on Wednesday. The bill calls for the state’s Offices of Emergency Services to look into the risk of an EMP attack or a geomagnetic storm that could wipe out portions of the state’s power grid.

August 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — California on Tuesday became the first state to fully abolish cash bail, a step that backers said would create a more equitable criminal justice system, one less dependent on a person’s wealth.

“Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,” said Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the California Money Bail Reform Act into law on Tuesday.

New law will replace the cash bail system with one that assesses individual risk instead of personal wealth 

August 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 10, the bill they authored that will eliminate the money bail system in California and replace it with a system that assesses each person’s individual public safety or flight risk.

“Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,” said Governor Brown

August 22, 2018

(UPDATE: A landmark bill to eliminate bail for some offenses was approved by the Senate and sent to Gov. Brown’s desk.)

On any given day, thousands of jailed people are awaiting trial, sentencing or hearings in any of California’s 58 counties. Many are in custody because they cannot afford to post bail.

Legislation to allow people to be free while their case is in the Legislature and its fate will be decided by midnight Aug. 31 when lawmakers adjourn.

SB 10 passes Assembly, clearing major hurdle for bail reform

August 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today applauded their colleagues in the Assembly for voting to pass SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, calling it a critical first step in tackling reforms that must be made to California’s criminal justice system.

Senator Hertzberg released the following statement:

SB 930 is held in Appropriations, while five other Hertzberg bills clear key fiscal committee

August 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) expressed both delight and frustration about the fate of several of his key measures in yesterday’s Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file hearing.

August 16, 2018

By Sophia Bollag

California would be the first state to completely end money bail for defendants awaiting trial under a proposal unveiled Thursday that would create a new system to instead jail people based on their risk level.

Under the proposal, most suspects accused of nonviolent misdemeanors would be released within 12 hours of being booked in jail. People accused of serious, violent felonies would not be eligible for pretrial release.

Final version of SB 10 unveiled, with support of social justice and criminal justice reform groups

August 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today revealed an updated proposal to eliminate the current system of money bail in California.

SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, will instead establish a new system for determining a defendant’s custody status while they are awaiting trial – based not the defendant’s ability to pay, but instead on an assessment of their public safety risk and other factors.

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