Press Releases

Senators Wieckowski and Pavley say the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources' lack of action threatens groundwater supplies
March 10, 2015

Sacramento – The chairs of the state Senate’s Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Water committees said lax oversight by the state division in charge of overseeing the Underground  Injection Control Program has unnecessarily jeopardized the public’s health and safety by increasing the risk of groundwater contamination from oil and gas waste disposal wells.

March 6, 2015

Sacramento – Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Sen. Fran Pavley will co-chair a joint oversight hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources and Water committees Tuesday to focus on groundwater protection in the wake of acknowledgements that several oil and gas-related injected wells were improperly sited and pose a risk of contaminating quality groundwater used for drinking water and agricultural purposes.

Low-income consumers are often victimized by industry's deceptive tactics even when they have not incurred the debt.
March 6, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking to protect consumers from unscrupulous debt-buyer practices by closing a loophole in existing law that prevents consumers from challenging the validity of a default judgment in court once the debt is older than two years, even if they don’t owe the money.  

SB 641 would allow consumers, in limited circumstances, the opportunity to file a motion to set aside a default judgment over two years after it has been entered.

New form would bring more consistency to the evaluation process and ensure greater adherence to the laws governing custody proceedings.
March 2, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced a new bill to bring more consistency statewide to the laws involving the counselors and evaluators who advise the court on child custody decisions. 

SB 594 was introduced Friday.  It would require the Judicial Council of California to develop a child custody evaluation form by Jan. 1, 2016 to be used by every investigator or evaluator conducting child custody evaluations.

Senate leaders announce package of new bills to advance California's climate policy leadership
February 10, 2015

Sacramento – California state senators unveiled new legislation to strengthen California’s leadership in clean energy and combating climate change today at the state Capitol.  The proposals call for new benchmarks for energy efficiency, pollution reduction and petroleum use.

January 16, 2015

Hayward – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will attend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at Chabot College’s Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., on Monday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m.

“Dr. King’s drive for freedom and equality through non-violent activism continues to inspire people around the world,” Wieckowski said.  “I encourage everyone to see a local event in remembrance of his words and vision for a more just and peaceful world.”

January 9, 2015

Fremont – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-2016.

“Governor Brown’s proposed budget clearly shows the tremendous comeback California has made since 2010 with targeted cuts, Prop. 30 and a growing economy.  Instead of a $26 billion deficit and 12 percent unemployment rate when I first arrived to the Legislature, we now have one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, four consecutive balanced budgets and the will to confront major challenges facing our state.

Senate Pro Tem de Leon also appoints him to Business, Professions & Economic Development, and Insurance committees.
January 6, 2015

Sacramento – State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon has appointed Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to serve on four standing committees, in addition to chairing the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, de Leon announced today.

December 17, 2014

Sacramento – State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will chair the Senate Environmental Quality Committee in the 2015-2016 legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem. Kevin de Leon’s office announced today.  It is familiar territory for Wieckowski who previously served as chair of the Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee during his first term in the Legislature.