For his final term in the California State Senate, Majority Leader Emeritus Hertzberg remains committed to reforming criminal justice, clean energy, water conservation, maintaining dignity and companionship for our homeless community, and so much more. Check back often for the latest updates on the Senator's bill package as makes its way through the legislative process.
SCA 1 CA Constitution Referendum
Adds clarity to provisions in Article II of the California Constitution on referendum measures by specifying how “YES” and “NO” votes translate to voter approval or rejection.
SB 262 Safe and Resilient Communities Act - 2 year bill
(AB 329 in the Assembly) sets bail at $0 for misdemeanors and low-level felonies in California. These bills require that money paid for bail or bond be refunded when the charges are dropped, if a case has been dismissed, or if the person has not missed any required court appearances. The intent is to ensure that a person is not kept behind bars pending trial simply because of their inability to afford bail.
SB 444 AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Exemption
Recognizes the value of community service by exempting the AmeriCorps Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and the California For All Education Award from California state income tax. This will enable recipient to receive the full benefit in exchange for committing themselves to service, while providing valuable avenues for career and educational advancement.
SB 505 Fair Repayment Plan for Classified Employees - 2 year bill
Creates a clear process for when employees are inadvertently overpaid by their employers (by an accounting error or other mistakes), and aims to resolve the issue in an equitable manner that does not burden employees, and ensures employers are made whole.
SB 513 Pet Assistance and Support Program
Builds on the success of the Pet Assistance and Support (PAS) Program of 2019 by requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to develop and administer a program that awards grants to homeless shelters to serve the needs of pets for people experiencing homelessness, including shelter, food, and basic veterinary services. Learn more.
SB 529 Electricity Reliability Act - 2 year bill
Authorizes a “central procurement” mechanism for electricity that will efficiently and equitably meet customer needs, and our statewide climate goals.
SB 774 Privilege Parity for Victims of Discrimination
Clarifies existing law to ensure confidential communications between attorneys of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and individuals who file an administrative complaint with the department are protected by attorney-client privilege. This clarification will protect victims of discrimination, and bolster’s California’s commitment to ensuring civil rights for all.
SB 903 Prison-To-Street Pipeline Data
Requires a thorough examination of state efforts to address the housing needs of persons recently released from custody, including those with serious mental health needs.
SB 967 Access to Affordable Care
Creates a checkbox on state tax returns that taxpayers can use to indicate interest in learning about low-cost or no-cost healthcare coverage through Covered California. Learn more.
SB 989 Climate Change Preparedness, Resiliency, and Jobs for Communities Grant Program
Directs the Strategic Growth Council to award grants to local communities to quickly deploy climate projects that support sustainable community development, resilient natural landscapes, and climate workforce development. The program will revitalize and improve local communities by funding projects that prioritize affordable housing, urban greening, parks improvements, water capture and reuse, public transit, and electric vehicle technologies. Learn more.
SB 1014 Commit to Community Care
A rescue package for community health clinics in the state budget aimed at helping clinics keep their doors open and addressing ongoing healthcare worker shortages. Learn more.
SB 1174 Clean Power Infrastructure
Directs state energy agencies to identify and advance “all interconnection or transmission approvals necessary” to provide the clean power California is depending on to achieve its goal of shifting to 100% clean energy by 2045.
SB 1190 California Trust Framework
Establishes the California Trust Framework to provide industry best standards for implementing blockchain use in credentialing. The bill also launches a five-year pilot to use blockchain technology in California schools for sharing student transcripts with community colleges. Learn more.
SB 1327 Private Right of Action
Creates a first-in-the-nation private right of action for citizens to use against those who manufacture, distribute, transport, import into California, or sell assault weapons, .50 BMG rifles, ghost guns, or ghost gun kits. Learn more.