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May 11, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski, the chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and the author of Senate Bill 775, a bill to improve California’s Cap and Trade system post-2020, made the following statement today.

“I agree with Governor Brown that the Legislature should take action to improve and extend Cap and Trade beyond 2020, building on what we have learned from the existing system and ensuring that we meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals set in last year’s SB 32. 

Improved Cap and Trade system to reach 2030 targets is most cost-effective approach, experts say
May 11, 2017

Sacramento – Building on the lessons learned under the current Cap and Trade system, California should extend the program beyond its 2020 expiration date to enable the state to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, experts testified today in a Senate Environmental Quality Committee oversight hearing. 

May 5, 2017

Dear Friend,

As you may know, May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In order to honor API leaders who continue to make a positive impact in our community, I am hosting my 7th Annual API Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12th at the Milpitas Unified School District Board Room, 1331 E Calaveras Blvd Building 500 in Milpitas. The ceremony will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We will be honoring prominent API leaders from our community. The honorees include:

SB 775 will provide consumer rebates, add financial stability to the system
May 1, 2017

Sacramento – State Senators Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León today announced a new and improved Cap and Trade program to take effect in 2021 and maintain California’s global leadership in the fight against climate change. 

SB 775, which will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on May 10, eliminates some of the key weaknesses of the existing system and puts Cap and Trade on solid ground through 2030.  The bill requires two-thirds support in the Legislature.

SB 504 calls for state office to conduct independent review of evidence and options for the Legislature
April 26, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Health Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to direct a state agency to review scientific literature on the risk synthetic food dyes pose to some children and what steps, if any, the state should take to protect the public health.  Longstanding health concerns about food dyes have led to warning labels on most dyed foods in Europe and many companies are removing dyes from their products.

SB 316 encourages attorneys to increase pro bono hours to provide more legal assistance to indigent Californians
April 25, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to expand access to justice among indigent Californians by requiring attorneys to report to the State Bar the number of pro bono hours they have worked and the amount they have donated to legal aid organizations passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

SB 168 creates beverage stewardship organization and shifts CalRecycle's role to oversight, enforcement
April 19, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) legislation to comprehensively reform California’s outdated beverage recycling program passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee this afternoon. 

SB 16 cuts the amount lenders can garnish from private borrowers
April 17, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to lower the cap on how much lenders can garnish from Californians who have defaulted on their private student loans passed the state Senate today with bipartisan support.  SB 16 helps to level the playing field between public and private loans by lowering the private loan garnishment cap to 15 percent of wages, the same amount as federal student loans.

April 6, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, has introduced legislation for a comprehensive overhaul of California’s antiquated bottle recycling program.  Senate Bill 168, amended today, establishes a new streamlined stewardship program that reduces the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) administrative role.

SB 157 strengthens privacy protections of revenge porn victims
April 4, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to improve  privacy protections for victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) so they can maintain their privacy in all court proceedings and documents when their intimate images are distributed without their consent.  Senate Bill 157 now goes before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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