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Wieckowski leads bipartisan effort to boost Equal Access Fund by $15 million
April 14, 2015

Sacramento – A bipartisan group of 28 state legislators have signed onto a letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to increase funding for legal aid.  Years of diminishing funds have reduced access to legal aid services at a time when the number of Californians eligible for the services has increased by 20 percent.

April 10, 2015

Hayward – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will host his 4th Annual African-American Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony, Sunday at the Matt Jimenez Community Center in Hayward.

Senators Wieckowski and Pavley say the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources' lack of action threatens groundwater supplies
March 10, 2015

Sacramento – The chairs of the state Senate’s Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Water committees said lax oversight by the state division in charge of overseeing the Underground  Injection Control Program has unnecessarily jeopardized the public’s health and safety by increasing the risk of groundwater contamination from oil and gas waste disposal wells.

March 6, 2015

Sacramento – Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Sen. Fran Pavley will co-chair a joint oversight hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources and Water committees Tuesday to focus on groundwater protection in the wake of acknowledgements that several oil and gas-related injected wells were improperly sited and pose a risk of contaminating quality groundwater used for drinking water and agricultural purposes.

Low-income consumers are often victimized by industry's deceptive tactics even when they have not incurred the debt.
March 6, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking to protect consumers from unscrupulous debt-buyer practices by closing a loophole in existing law that prevents consumers from challenging the validity of a default judgment in court once the debt is older than two years, even if they don’t owe the money.  

SB 641 would allow consumers, in limited circumstances, the opportunity to file a motion to set aside a default judgment over two years after it has been entered.

New form would bring more consistency to the evaluation process and ensure greater adherence to the laws governing custody proceedings.
March 2, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced a new bill to bring more consistency statewide to the laws involving the counselors and evaluators who advise the court on child custody decisions. 

SB 594 was introduced Friday.  It would require the Judicial Council of California to develop a child custody evaluation form by Jan. 1, 2016 to be used by every investigator or evaluator conducting child custody evaluations.

SB 501 prevents a person making just over minimum wage from having all of their additional income garnished to pay a debt
February 27, 2015

Sacramento – A bill, SB 501, by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) would protect low-income Californians who are attempting to get back on their feet financially from having a larger portion of their wages garnished and would also prohibit garnishing the wages of Californians for private student loan debt. 

Senate committee hearing, new legislation focus on Climate Action Team
February 25, 2015

Sacramento – California is a global leader in combating climate change with a series of programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  But State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) says the state needs to incorporate adaptation plans into California’s overall climate strategy and he is authoring SB 246 to create a more comprehensive approach to address climate change.

SB 346 would create a standardized method to calculate the level of care provided to communities
February 24, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is teaming up with the California Nurses Association, the Greenlining Institute and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation to establish accountability standards to measure the amount of community benefits provided by tax exempt private, non-profit hospitals. 

Senate Environmental Quality Committee to hear updates from state agency leaders and local officials
February 23, 2015

Sacramento – Sen. Bob Wieckowski will chair a Senate Environmental Quality Committee Informational Hearing on California’s efforts to protect communities from climate change impacts on environmental quality and public health this Wednesday, February 25, at the state Capitol.

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