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June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored the Tri-Cities Ecology Center (TCEC) as the Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 10 at the California Nonprofits Day celebration in the State Capitol today.  Nonprofit leaders from across the state were recognized on the Senate and Assembly floors.

TCEC, an all-volunteer organization, has played a large role in southern Alameda County environmental issues since 1971 when it opened a local recycling center.

California employees, consumers would not be forced to travel out of state in private, forced arbitration; could have a court reporter present
June 21, 2016

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect Californians from two of the worst clauses in employment and consumer contracts passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this afternoon.  The committee also approved another Wieckowski bill to ensure consumers have access to a court reporter in forced arbitration proceedings.

June 16, 2016

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) issued the following statement on the Legislature’s approval of the 2016-2017 California state budget.

“This budget reflects the priorities and values of Californians by increasing investments in K-12 education, offering increased access to our higher education system, addressing factors that trap low-income households in poverty, all while building up our Rainy Day fund and paying down state debts.

June 15, 2016

Sacramento ­– State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D - Fremont) bill to eliminate unnecessary restrictions and unfair fees on building accessory dwelling units in California, passed out of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee this morning with bipartisan support.  The bill, which has strong support from affordable housing advocates, businesses and environmental organizations, now heads to the Assembly Local Government Committee.

SB 1263 improves oversight to ensure smaller agencies can provide safe, clean drinking water to all customers, including schools
June 14, 2016

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to better ensure that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water passed the state Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee today.  SB 1263 will next be heard in the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on June 28.

June 10, 2016

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a leading advocate for increasing legal aid funding in California, today applauded the Legislative Budget Conference Committee’s decision to make a one-time $5 million funding boost to the state’s Equal Access Fund, a fund used to provide legal services to some of the state’s neediest residents. 

June 8, 2016

Sacramento – The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved a bill today by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to give county counsels increased authority to fight misleading or false advertising in California.  SB 1130, which has already passed the Senate, now heads to the Assembly floor.

SB 308 is supported by AARP, NAACP, California Labor Federation, Attorney General Harris, Treasurer Chiang and broad coalition
June 8, 2016

Sacramento – The California State Assembly this Thursday will consider a bill on the floor to modernize the state’s outdated bankruptcy laws to provide a fresh start for families in need and to better protect consumers – especially seniors, the blind and the disabled – from having their home forcibly sold to pay off an unsecured debt.  The bill, SB 308, is strongly supported by senior groups, labor, legal rights advocates, public interest organizations, and state elected officials, including Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Treasurer John Chiang and Board of Equalization member Fiona M

June 8, 2016

The California Legislature is half way through this year's session and I am pleased to report that the Senate approved several of my significant bills and they are now in the Assembly for final consideration.

Below, is a brief digest of the bills I am authoring to help financially distressed families, especially seniors, better protect their home equity; to remove barriers to accessory dwelling units; to restrict the tobacco industry's marketing to children; to combat false advertising; and to add protections for consumers and workers in forced binding arbitration contracts.

June 2, 2016

Sacramento – Seeking to end the heavy marketing of tobacco industry products in stores frequented by minors, the California State Senate today passed SB 1400 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) restricting tobacco sales to cigar shops.  The bill now heads to the state Assembly.

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