Press Releases

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.

SJR 25 calls on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pass rules protecting the rights of consumers to unite against companies violating the law
August 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today introduced Senate Joint Resolution 25 to urge the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to issue final rules protecting the rights of consumers to file class actions related to financial products and services, including credit cards, checking and deposit accounts, auto loans, consumer mortgages, prepaid cards, consumer debt acquisition, credit reporting and debt collection services.    

SB 501 will help low-income workers by creating a tiered garnishment rate and honoring local wage ordinances
June 30, 2016

Sacramento ­– A new law by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to lower the amount of money that can be garnished from low-income workers’ paychecks goes into effect tomorrow, July 1, 2016.  Governor Brown signed SB 501 last October.

SB 1069 eliminates obstacles that discourage building affordable accessory dwelling units
June 29, 2016

Sacramento ­– State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D - Fremont) bill to eliminate unfair fees and restrictions that discourage the building of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in California, passed the Assembly Local Government Committee today with bipartisan support.  The bill, SB 1069, has strong support from affordable housing advocates, and business, education and environmental organizations.  It now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Bill allows Santa Clara to go forward with innovative affordable housing project
June 29, 2016

Sacramento – The Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee today approved with bipartisan support an urgency bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to modify the terms of a sale between the Department of General Services and the Santa Clara Housing Authority to allow an affordable housing project to move forward in the city of Santa Clara.

June 28, 2016

Sacramento – The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee passed a bill this morning by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) aimed at preventing the proliferation of small, unsustainable public water agencies.   The districts are more prone to violating safe drinking water standards than their larger counterparts.

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