Press Releases

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

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.

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.

Bill approved by Senate and Assembly, and signed by Governor Brown

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 375, a sweeping privacy measure that protects California consumers and their private information. Governor Brown then signed the bill, prompting proponents of the similar California Consumer Privacy Act initiative to pull their measure from the November ballot.

The authors of the legislation released the following statements upon passage of the bill:

Senator Hertzberg applauds financial support for the Valley

June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing the 2018-19 Budget, and highlighted a number of projects receiving funding in the San Fernando Valley. The historic budget, which includes a focus on responsible spending on education, infrastructure, and safety net programs, also includes the largest budget reserves in a generation, filling the maximum amount allowed into the Rainy Day Fund.

Both bills will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations 

June 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today announced that two of his bills succeeded this morning in their second Assembly committee hearings.

AB 375 clears Judiciary Committee and next heads to Senate Appropriations before Senate Floor for vote on Thursday

June 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senators Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) today announced that their comprehensive privacy legislation, AB 375, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is on track to be voted on in both the Senate and Assembly Floors on Thursday, June 28.

The authors of the bill released the following statements in response to the bill’s committee passage:

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