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.”
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.
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.
Center for Science in the Public Interest says some children suffer adverse behavioral reactions after ingesting food dyes
February 16, 2017
Sacramento – Citing mounting scientific evidence that synthetic food dyes contained in child-oriented food products trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral disorders, State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced Senate Bill 504 today to require warning labels on all food containing synthetic dyes in California.
Sacramento – Millions of Californians who live in homeowner associations (HOA) will no longer have their political free speech rights silenced by over-reaching HOA boards, if a bill introduced today by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is approved.
SB 407 would prohibit homeowner associations from suppressing freedom of speech or freedom of association when it concerns public candidates, elections, legislation or rule-makings. About a quarter of California residents live in an HOA.
Independent Review Panel says department overseeing toxic substances needs strong leadership, stability and accountability
February 1, 2017
Sacramento – Testifying before two environmental committees chaired by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today, the head of the Independent Review Panel (IRP) charged with making recommendations to improve the Department of Toxic Substances Control said the department needs consistent leadership, organizational improvements, a stable budget and increased transparency and accountability to fulfill its core functions in the future.
Passage of SB 1069 reduces barriers to building ADUs in California
January 30, 2017
Los Angeles – Councilmember Gil Cedillo and Senator Bob Wieckowski highlighted the passage and enactment of SB 1069—Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) today at a press conference in City Hall. The most extensive bill on accessory dwelling units to be signed in almost 15 years, SB 1069 reduces significant barriers to building ADUs, often referred to as granny flats, helping to alleviate the housing crisis that exists statewide.
ARB Chair Mary Nichols will testify on Clean Air Act
January 17, 2017
Sacramento – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow morning on the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) programs that address its responsibilities under the federal and state clean air acts. ARB Chair Mary Nichols will testify before the committee on the board’s actions to control air pollution.