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March 29, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and the chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, issued the following statement on today’s announcement of a deal between legislators and Governor Brown on a transportation package.

SB 16 lowers cap on the amount lenders can garnish from private borrowers
March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed Senate Bill 16 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to assist Californians struggling to repay their private student loan debts by lowering the cap on how much lenders can garnish from their paychecks.  Wieckowski told the committee reducing the cap from 25 percent of a borrower’s wages to 15 percent, the same level as federal student loans, will encourage lenders to work more closely with students to create manageable repayment plans.

Wieckowski wants to end tax breaks for egregious corporate misdeeds
March 22, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking to eliminate the ability of the worst-behaving corporations to write off on their tax returns punitive damages a court has ordered them to pay victims for egregiously and knowingly violating the law.  Wieckowski’s Senate Bill 66 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this morning.

Joint hearing of Environmental Quality and Transportation & Housing committees to also get update on Fiat Chrysler investigation
March 20, 2017

Sacramento ­– A joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and the Transportation and Housing Committee will question the chief counsel of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on the impact of Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler emission scandals on California’s air quality and consumers.

Reports say Trump administration will lower air quality rules and revoke California's waiver authority
March 10, 2017

Sacramento – With several media outlets reporting that President Trump’s administration might revoke California’s long-standing ability to enforce tougher motor vehicle emission standards, State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced a resolution to put the California Senate on record opposing “any efforts by the current administration and Congress of the United States to deny, roll back, or otherwise undermine the waiver authority.” 

SR 27 was introduced late yesterday. 

State's legal aid funding lags behind the national average
March 2, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and legal aid organizations from across California advocated for increased funding of legal services to low-income Californians today during a state budget subcommittee hearing.  With California already far below other states in funding and federal cuts looming, Wieckowski and advocates called for $30 million to raise California to the national average.

February 28, 2017

Sacramento – The California State Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow to evaluate whether proposed regulations by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) sufficiently protects children from the harmful effects of pesticides used near schools.   

San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen will deliver opening remarks
February 23, 2017

San Lorenzo – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will honor three awardees who are making a positive impact in the 10th Senate District at his 6th Annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards, at 3:30 p.m., Friday, February 24 in the San Lorenzo Library, 395 Paseo Grande.  The awards program is part of the Senator’s celebration of Black History Month.

February 21, 2017

The 10th Senate District is one of the most diverse districts in the state of California, and we have all greatly benefited from the positive impact African Americans have had in our communities.

In order to honor individuals who continue to make a positive impact, I am hosting my 6th Annual African-American Heritage Leadership Awards on Friday, February 24th at San Lorenzo Library at 395 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo.

The ceremony will be from 3:30 pm to 5pm.

Doors open at 3pm.

New EPA director would not commit to upholding CA's waivers during U.S. Senate confirmation hearing
February 21, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), will hear an overview Wednesday morning on how the state’s ability to set its own standards to improve air quality has enhanced public health and created economic growth for California.  Members will hear testimony from state and regional air quality executives, health officials and other experts during the hearing at the state Capitol.

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