Press Releases

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.

June 28, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to restrict the exposure and marketing of tobacco products to children died in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee this morning despite research on the harmful effects it has on minors.  SB 1400 would have limited tobacco sales to cigar shops, where minors must be accompanied by a parent.

June 27, 2016

Sacramento – Attorneys for California counties will have more power to protect consumers from misleading or false advertising under a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.

June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored the Tri-Cities Ecology Center (TCEC) as the Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 10 at the California Nonprofits Day celebration in the State Capitol today.  Nonprofit leaders from across the state were recognized on the Senate and Assembly floors.

TCEC, an all-volunteer organization, has played a large role in southern Alameda County environmental issues since 1971 when it opened a local recycling center.

California employees, consumers would not be forced to travel out of state in private, forced arbitration; could have a court reporter present
June 21, 2016

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect Californians from two of the worst clauses in employment and consumer contracts passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this afternoon.  The committee also approved another Wieckowski bill to ensure consumers have access to a court reporter in forced arbitration proceedings.

June 15, 2016

Sacramento ­– State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D - Fremont) bill to eliminate unnecessary restrictions and unfair fees on building accessory dwelling units in California, passed out of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee this morning with bipartisan support.  The bill, which has strong support from affordable housing advocates, businesses and environmental organizations, now heads to the Assembly Local Government Committee.

SB 1263 improves oversight to ensure smaller agencies can provide safe, clean drinking water to all customers, including schools
June 14, 2016

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to better ensure that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water passed the state Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee today.  SB 1263 will next be heard in the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on June 28.

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