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April 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The California State Senate delegation to the 2015 Paris, France, United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of Parties released the following statement commemorating the national holiday of Earth Day.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), and Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) said:


Secondary units are overdue alternatives that will provide affordable housing
April 20, 2016

Sacramento – The supply of accessory dwelling units, a long under used approach to providing affordable workforce housing, would increase across the state under a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that is receiving widespread backing from the business community, affordable housing advocates and urban planners.  SB 1069 was approved with bipartisan support this morning in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, and yesterday in the Transportation and Housing Committee.

April 13, 2016

Fremont – With the deadline for filing income taxes coming Monday, local families with incomes below $54,000 can receive free income tax preparation assistance at an event co-hosted by State Senator Bob Wieckowski, State Controller Betty Yee and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at the Fremont Family Resource Center, Building EFGH, 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont.

SB 1400 prevents minors' exposure and access to tobacco by reducing its pervasive presence in retail locations
April 11, 2016

Sacramento – The tobacco industry’s heavy marketing of its products in stores frequented by minors would end under a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that limits sales to only tobacco stores, where minors are prohibited unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.  SB 1400 passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee today and heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

April 7, 2016

Sacramento – Attorneys for California counties would have more power to protect consumers from misleading or false advertising under a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that was approved today by the California State Senate.

Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition has shovel ready project
April 6, 2016

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to establish a competitive grant program to convert biosolids to clean energy passed with strong bipartisan support in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee today.

“SB 1213 will provide crucial start-up funding to help wastewater treatment agencies throughout California invest in this cutting-edge approach to reduce landfill waste by converting biosolids to clean energy,” said Wieckowski, chair of the Environmental Quality Committee.

A majority of California's more than 7,600 public water systems serve communities with fewer than 200 connections
April 6, 2016

Sacramento – Agreeing with conclusions made in a 2015 Safe Drinking Water Plan for California that small public water systems lack the capacity to consistently meet drinking water standards, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee today approved a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to give the state Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) a stronger role in ensuring such systems are not approved if they are unnecessary.

March 29, 2016

Sacramento – Seeking to expand the authority of county counsels to protect consumers from false or misleading advertising, the California Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) this afternoon to allow counsels to demand information from advertisers to substantiate claims.  SB 1130 now goes to the Senate floor.

Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition supports Wieckowski bill to help reduce landfill waste
March 29, 2016

Sacramento – The California Senate Energy, Utility and Communications Committee today passed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to create a competitive grant program to convert biosolids – the natural by-product of wastewater treatment – to clean energy.  SB 1213 will help the state accomplish several of its environmental goals and is supported by the Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition (BAB2E), a joint powers agency, consisting of 19 wastewater treatment agencies.

New York provides more than five times as much funding as California
March 10, 2016

Sacramento – Joined by legal aid advocates representing non-profits across California, State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) urged members of a Senate budget subcommittee today to push for an increased investment in the state’s Equal Access Fund, a fund used to provide legal services to some of California’s neediest residents.  Wieckowski continues to lead a bipartisan effort to increase funding for legal aid in California, which tops the nation in the number of people living in poverty.

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