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May 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced today that the California State Senate unanimously approved SB 258, his bill to create a grant program for shelters that offer shelter, food, and basic veterinary services to the pets of people experiencing homelessness.

May 21, 2019

by Jeff Daniels

LOS ANGELES — The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to create state-chartered cannabis banks to help the industry get around restrictions on access to banking services.

Under the state legislation, which was approved by a vote of 35 to 1, private banks or credit unions can apply for a limited-purpose state charter so they can provide depository services to licensed cannabis businesses. The measure, Senate Bill 51, still requires approval of the Assembly and California Gov. Gavin Newsom to become law.

May 21, 2019

By Reporter Lynn Walsh

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would provide $5 million to help shelters better serve homeless pet owners.

Senate Bill 258 is expected to be heard on the Senate floor this month. The bill would provide grants to California homeless shelters through the Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants would help cover the costs of providing shelter, food and basic veterinary care for pets whose owners are homeless.

May 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) released the following statement in response to the news that his bill, SB 332, the Local Water Reliability Act, was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee:

May 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) that would establish the framework to allow licensed cannabis businesses to open bank accounts, along with bills to protect consumers wronged by for-profit colleges and the bail and immigration bond industries, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced that SB 36, which is joint authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) passed the Senate Floor on a 37-0 vote today.

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.

April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced that his Resilient Homes Initiative, SB 254, cleared its first hurdle when it passed the Senate Insurance Committee on a 7-3 vote yesterday.

April 23, 2019

California’s technology sector has had a tough year with state and federal policymakers, to say nothing of the general public. Concerns about the size and scope of internet firms have led to a “techlash,” bringing with it uncomfortable hearings and the resurrection of truly noxious policy ideas, like the Fairness Doctrine.

April 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today released the details of the Resilient Homes Initiative, an effort he announced earlier this year, on the 25th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake.

April 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that SB 51, his latest attempt to provide a banking option for California’s legal cannabis industry, cleared its first legislative hurdle as it passed the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.