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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

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.

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