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May 31, 2017

Sacramento – The California Senate tonight approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to enhance protection of political free speech rights for residents living in the state’s 52,000 common interest developments and 5,000 mobile home parks.  SB 407 targets abusive practices that curtail the residents’ abilities to assemble and communicate on political issues.  It was approved without opposition and now heads to the Assembly. 

To encourage more legal assistance to California's indigent, SB 316 requires reporting of attorneys' pro bono hours
May 30, 2017

Sacramento – With the proposed elimination of the Legal Services Corporation, the federal agency that provides partial funding for legal aid, threatening to reduce access to justice for low-income Californians, the state Senate today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) requiring attorneys to report to the State Bar how many hours of pro bono work they perform each year.  Other states have found that mandatory reporting results in greater pro bono activity and improved relationships between lawyers and non-profit legal organizations.

Confidentiality provisions are expanded in new bill to prevent revealing identifying characteristics in court cases
May 30, 2017

Sacramento – Victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) who are using a pseudonym in their court case to protect their identity would have enhanced privacy protections under Senate Bill 157, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  The bill passed the state Senate this afternoon with overwhelming bipartisan support and now heads to the state Assembly for consideration.

Safeguards would encourage unbanked poor to open accounts and gain financial stability
May 22, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to automatically protect up to $4,800 of a person’s bank account from a bank levy passed the Senate floor today.  The bill, SB 298, will help low-income Californians avoid falling deeper into poverty and will encourage people who rely on check-cashing services and money orders to return to traditional banking services.

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. 

Broad HOA rules squelch the rights of residents to hold candidate forums, put up signs, discuss local issues
May 9, 2017

Sacramento – The state Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to prohibit California’s more than 50,000 homeowner associations (HOAs) from suppressing the freedom of speech and freedom of association rights of their residents.  SB 407 now heads to the floor for consideration of the full Senate.

May 9, 2017

MILPITAS – Three local community leaders from Alameda and Santa Clara counties who are active in education, social justice, arts, culture and the non-profit sectors will be honored by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at his 7th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony Friday, May 12 in Milpitas.  

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:

Current lengthy process to get exemption from levies leaves many low-income Californians cut off from their accounts and unable to pay bills
May 2, 2017

Sacramento – Low-income Californians would no longer see their entire bank accounts frozen and turned over to a debt collector under a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  SB 298 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.  It would automatically exempt from collection $4,800 in a person’s account. 

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