Sen. Bob Hertzberg pushes bill to boost civic participation

April 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As part of an effort to improve turnout, voters for all statewide primary, special and general elections would receive vote-by-mail ballots under a Sen. Bob Hertzberg bill that today passed its first policy test.

By Tammerlin Drummond Oakland Tribune Columnist/Bay Area News Group

April 20, 2015

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By Christopher Cadelago

April 16, 2015

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Christina Charles acknowledges she broke the law. 
Between 2011 and 2012, Charles improperly stopped at a stop sign. She drove with a missing license plate and a taillight out.

Her license was suspended when she couldn’t pay for the tickets and failed to appear in court. Charles also was stopped for driving on the suspended license and without car insurance. 
She eventually piled up $6,000 in debt.

Support grows for Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s bill to improve public access to information

April 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan, 7-to-0 vote, a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to require local government agencies to conduct system-wide inventories of collected data today passed its first policy test.

By Aaron Mendelson

April 15, 2015

The California legislature is considering a trio of bills that would crack open the state's vast amounts of public data. The seemingly small changes they require, including dictating the electronic file types and tracking systems that governments use, aim to make data easier for citizens to access and analyze.

Proposed reform to impose sales tax on services

April 15, 2015

By Art Garcia

How much do you know about Senate Bill 8, currently awaiting a hearing in the California senate? Not much? Never heard of it? Neither have most small businesses, operations that would be heavily affected by passage of its proposed tax reform.

Submitted by Democratic State Senator Robert Hertzberg of Van Nuys, the bill, which is titled the Upward Mobility Act, has yet to be assigned to a committee for hearing, but that should happen within a few weeks, and likely will go to the committee chaired by Hertzberg, the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance.

By Joel Fox

April 15, 2015

Just in time for Tax Day, the Board of Equalization issued a study requested by the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance estimating the revenue take from taxing untaxed services would be $122.6 billion. The study will become fodder in the coming debate over Senator Bob Hertzberg’s effort to restructure the state tax system to include taxes on the service economy.

Remarks follow release of Board of Equalization study

April 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg released the following in response to today’s state Board of Equalization study showing California could receive up to $122.6 billion in revenues if it levied an 8.4 percent sales tax on all services (which is the current average sales tax on goods):

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