Press Releases

SB 258 would empower shelters to take in individuals experiencing homelessness who also have pets

February 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced today that he introduced SB 258, an effort to provide additional shelter options for individuals experiencing homelessness who have pets.

February 12, 2019

Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State Address:

“Governor Newsom has made it clear he’s ready to hit the ground running. I absolutely agree that our problems don’t start and end with PG&E, so we must put our heads together on a comprehensive framework for California’s energy future. And when it comes to homelessness, the state must provide leadership and vision; our cities and counties cannot do it alone.

Bill will free up funding for incentives for retrofitting across the state

January 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, on the heels of the 25th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake that took place in January 1994, Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced legislation that will allocate $1 billion in funding over the next 10 years to retrofit homes across California.

Twenty five years ago, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley. Approximately 10-20 seconds of shaking caused widespread devastation throughout the Valley and the greater Los Angeles region. It left almost 60 dead, and nearly 9,000 injured.

January 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) released the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 Budget:

“Governor Newsom just released a budget proposal that is visionary, yet prudent – and proved himself a true policy wonk. He walked a careful line between providing a foundation for progress, without running the risk of overspending. I commend him for proposing that we pay down our pensions to help schools, and agree that we are at a moment of great opportunity to make thoughtful reforms to our tax system.”

December 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced that Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, will serve as the next Majority Leader of the California State Senate.

Upon the announcement, Senator Hertzberg released the following statement:

Senators to introduce bill to ensure Brightwood College students in California are not on the hook for the failure of the for-profit college

December 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that he will be introducing a bipartisan bill to alleviate the financial burden incurred by Brightwood College students that would have to pay an income tax on their forgivable debt.

On December 6, the Department of Consumer Affairs announced that Brightwood College, a for-profit college, is closing their campuses across California and the nation, affecting 2,829 students in California and over 500 in the San Fernando Valley.

Legislation will further Hertzberg’s commitment to pursuing bail reform, and eliminate discrimination in the civil justice system

December 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was sworn in to the California State Senate today for his second and final term in the legislative body after receiving the vote of 78.09% of the 18th Senate District. Senator Hertzberg is one of few sitting legislators who has held office over the course of the last three decades; he was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996, and served as the 64th Assembly Speaker from April 2000 through February 2002 before being elected to the California State Senate in 2014.

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.

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

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