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SB 1069 heads to Governor Brown; It would increase the supply of affordable rental housing throughout California
August 30, 2016

Sacramento – California homeowners seeking to build an accessory dwelling unit (granny flat) on their property are one step closer to facing fewer barriers and lower fees after the California State Senate approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today.  Senate Bill 1069, the most extensive bill on second units to be passed by the Legislature in decades, now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.  The Governor signaled his support for the bill in principle during his revise of the state budget in May.

SB 1263 limits the creation of unsustainable small water agencies
August 29, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to limit the proliferation of small, unsustainable public water agencies that are more likely to violate drinking water safety standards, passed the Senate today and now goes before Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration.  Senate Bill 1263 will improve the long-term delivery of safe drinking water to many disadvantaged communities.

SB 1069 is most extensive accessory units bill in California in decades
August 29, 2016

Sacramento ­– The California State Assembly today approved State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D - Fremont) bill to eliminate excessive fees and restrictions that discourage the building of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats, in California.  Senate Bill 1069 is the Legislature’s most far-reaching bill on ADUs since 2002. The bill has the support of business, labor, affordable housing advocates, teachers and seniors.  It now heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

SB 680 allows Santa Clara to pursue unique agrihood project
August 29, 2016

Sacramento – An urgency bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to modify the terms of a land sale between the state Department of General Services and the Santa Clara Housing Authority, was approved with strong bipartisan support in the Senate today. Senate Bill 680 will allow an innovative affordable housing project to move forward in the city of Santa Clara.  The bill now goes to Governor Brown.

SB 998 will enhance effectiveness of bus-only lanes
August 25, 2016

Sacramento – The California State Senate approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today that will improve the ability of bus rapid transit services to move riders more quickly.  Senate Bill 998 now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.

The bill amends the vehicle code to prohibit motorists from stopping, parking, or driving in the lanes. 

SB 1263 limits the proliferation of small public water agencies that are more likely to violate safety standards
August 25, 2016

Sacramento – The California State Assembly today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to improve the delivery of safe, reliable drinking water in California by limiting the proliferation of small, unsustainable public water agencies.  Senate Bill 1263 now heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote before going to the Governor.

SB 680 allows Santa Clara to go forward with unique 'agrihood' project
August 24, 2016

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) urgency bill to modify the terms of a sale between the state Department of General Services and the Santa Clara Housing Authority passed the state Assembly today on a bipartisan vote.  Senate Bill 680, which will allow an affordable housing project to move forward in the city of Santa Clara, now heads to the Senate for a final concurrent vote.

August 24, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A party to an arbitration proceeding will have the right to have a certified court reporter present to create an official record under a bill authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and approved by the California State Senate today.  Senate Bill 1007 now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.

SJR 25 calls for prohibiting companies from using forced arbitration clauses to eliminate consumers' rights to file class actions
August 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved a resolution by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) urging the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to issue a final rule protecting consumers’ rights to participate in class action suits in order to pursue justice and deter unethical business practices.  Senate Joint Resolution 25 now heads to the Assembly floor for a final vote.  The Senate approved it earlier this month.

SJR 25 urges the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to adopt proposed rule
August 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today passed Senate Joint Resolution 25 by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) urging the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to issue a final rule protecting consumers’ rights to band together in order to pursue justice and deter unethical business practices.  The resolution now heads to the Assembly.

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