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New criminal justice reform focus: Harsh bail laws

The same coalition of Democratic lawmakers and interest groups that worked with Gov. Jerry Brown on Propositions 47 and 57 — which lessen the amount of time convicts must spend behind bars for relatively minor crimes and make it easier

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New legislative session puts bail-bonds industry under microscope

SACRAMENTO – At a press conference in the Capitol on Monday morning, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom explained that although he has long championed various reforms to the state’s criminal-justice system, he had in the past rarely even thought about

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – June 22

Bill to stop automatic license suspensions for unpaid fines nears passage Poll shows Issa tied Republican assemblywoman and union have words County supervisor ousted after controversial CCC vote Faith-based colleges fight back A bill to stop automatic suspensions of driver’s

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Legislature advancing bill to stop license suspensions for unpaid fines

A bill to stop automatic suspensions of driver’s licenses for unpaid fines is only a few votes and one signature from becoming law. Senate Bill 881, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, has cleared the Senate already and is working its

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Sen. Hertzberg praised for bills that can’t get votes

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, the San Fernando Valley Democrat who aspires to higher office, is being honored by NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) — a group devoted to improving the economy while staying true to progressive values.  Two measures introduced

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BOE: New services tax could boost CA revenue by $122 billion

Placing a tax on business services in California has the potential to raise an additional $122.6 billion annually for state and local governments, according to a recent Board of Equalization study. A services tax could become a reality if Senate

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Hertzberg proposes plan to reduce traffic penalties, restore suspended licenses

Drivers who’ve had their licenses suspended could soon get a reprieve. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has introduced legislation that would reduce outstanding penalties and fines for drivers with a suspended license. In addition to reducing penalties, Senate Bill

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Hertzberg seeks permanent extension to taxpayer relief program

As California taxpayers brace for another round of tax increases this session, they’ve found an unlikely ally in the state Legislature. State Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who has ruffled the feathers of taxpayer groups with his proposal for a $10

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State lawmakers’ financial interests now posted online

Mike McGuire made over $100,000 in 2014 as a Sonoma County supervisor and another $525 in parting gift certificates as the young Democrat left to take a $95,291-a-year job as a state senator. Richard Pan, a physician, took in just

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Veteran lawmakers embrace new committee assignments

As the new class of state lawmakers settles in to their jobs, Sacramento’s old hands are getting a jump start on the 2015-16 legislative session. Each session brings a biennial reshuffling of committee assignments. But some lawmakers aren’t waiting to get acquainted with their new perches. New

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