Pending Legislation

On December 3, 2018, all new members of the California State Senate were sworn in and the 2019-20 Legislative Session began. 

Legislators have until February 22, 2019 to introduce new bills for 2019. Here are the bills that Senator Hertzberg has introduced so far this year:

SB 36 - Pretrial Risk Assessment Data & Accountability - SB 36 requires each court or county that uses a pretrial risk assessment tool to maintain individualized data regarding the tool’s inputs and outcomes, as well as any associated recommendations to the court. The measure will ensure that risk assessment tools are thoroughly evaluated to ensure effectiveness in mitigating risk while minimizing biases and disparate results based on race, ethnicity, gender, economic circumstances, and behavioral or developmental disability.

SB 41 - Equity in Civil Damage Awards - SB 41 prohibits consideration of a plaintiff’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation in the calculation of monetary damage awards in civil damage awards.

SB 51 - Cannabis Banking - SB 51 creates a limited-purpose, state-chartered bank license that would be administered and regulated by the Department of Business Oversight. Privately-funded banks that receive this charter would be able to provide limited banking services to licensed cannabis and cannabis-related businesses. This bill is a follow-up attempt to SB 930 (Hertzberg, 2018), which was held by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

SB 63 - Brightwood College Student Tax Relief - SB 63 would ensure students impacted by the recent closures of Brightwood Colleges across California are not penalized for the failure of the for-profit college. This bill ensures that federal loan debt assistance is not considered “gross income” for tax purposes.

SB 134 - Long-Term Water Use Efficiency - In 2018, SB 606 (Hertzberg, 2018) was signed into law, establishing, for the first time, permanent long-term water use efficiency standards and goals across the state. SB 134 establishes certain clarifications for urban water suppliers. 

SB 192 - Posse Comitatus - Currently, it is a misdemeanor for any able-bodied person over the age of 18 to neglect or refuse to join a posse called by a peace officer. SB 192 would abolish this outdated and unnecessary crime from California law.

SB 205Stormwater Quality Improvement Act - SB 205 would diminish water pollution by requiring applicable industrial facilities to demonstrate compliance with the Industrial General Permit (IGP) when applying for their business license or renewal. This would standardize the filing process for all facilities subject to an IGP, encouraging uniformity with water quality requirements, and would bolster California’s efforts to keep harmful pollutants out of precious water sources.

SB 229 - Whistleblower Protections - This bill builds on protections created by SB 306 (Hertzberg, 2017) to strengthen due process for workers who have reported illegal activity in the workplace.

SB 237 - California STEM Laureate - Spreading awareness and understanding of STEM advancements is a critical element of preparing California citizens of all ages for a technology-intensive future and ensuring that California remains a global leader in innovation and high-tech success. SB 237 will establish the position of California Laureate for STEM to be appointed by the governor. The Laureate will travel throughout the state to schools, universities, and events to better inform, educate, and excite Californians about STEM issues.

SB 254 - Resilient Homes Initiative - SB 254 requires the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) to identify operational savings and immediately invest them in proactive mitigation efforts - like residential retrofitting - that will improve California’s resilience against the next major earthquake. 

Check back between now and February 22 for a full list of bills introduced by Senator Hertzberg this session!

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