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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Sacramento – The California State Assembly this Thursday will consider a bill on the floor to modernize the state’s outdated bankruptcy laws to provide a fresh start for families in need and to better protect consumers – especially seniors, the blind and the disabled – from having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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

In this video, Senator Bob Wieckowski describes how SB 308 will help homeowners, especially seniors, the blind and disabled, keep their homes when they are in financial distress due to a sudden job loss or rising medical bills.  The bill is supported by AARP, Congress of California Seniors, Consumers for Responsible Lending, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Treasurer John Chiang, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma and a large number of  labor and legal organizations.

Santa Clara law firm supports SB 308 to assist financially distressed families; has over 28 years of service to business, consumer clients
May 24, 2016

Sacramento – Binder & Malter LLP, a Santa Clara law firm, specializing in bankruptcy and debtors’ and creditors’ rights will be honored tomorrow in Sacramento as the California Senate District 10 Small Business of the Year, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today.

Senator will highlight SB 308 and the need for bankruptcy reform to better protect homeowners in California
May 18, 2016

San Francisco – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a leading advocate for modernizing California’s bankruptcy laws, will deliver welcoming remarks and address attorneys from across the nation on the need to protect homeowners from losing their homes in bankruptcy at the 24th Annual National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys National Convention, Friday in San Francisco. 

Governor Brown signaled support of SB 1069 as a way to increase affordable housing supply
May 16, 2016

Sacramento – With strong bipartisan support the California State Senate approved a bill today by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to reduce barriers on building accessory dwelling units and expand the supply of affordable housing throughout California. SB 1069 now goes to the state Assembly.  

“These units cost less to build, are managed by a homeowner, and require no public subsidy,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee.  “In fact, each unit can cost as little as 25 percent as much as a conventional infill development unit.”

May 12, 2016

Sacramento – The California State Senate passed a pair of bills today to make the binding, private arbitration process fairer for California workers and consumers by ensuring that they have access to a court reporter and cannot be forced by a corporation to travel out of state to resolve a dispute. Both bills, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) now head to the state Assembly. 

Smaller public systems, including school districts, often lack resources to meet safety standards in the long term
May 9, 2016

Sacramento – The California Senate approved a bill today to better ensure the long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water by public water systems, including school districts, across the state.  SB 1263 now heads to the state Assembly. 

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