Press Releases

SB 178 will authorize transfer of Centerville Community Park property to help address student overcrowding
June 13, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) this morning to allow for the development of a much-needed elementary school near downtown Fremont to help address school overcrowding issues in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD).

Taxpayers should not subsidize corporate fraud or malice
May 31, 2017

Sacramento – Corporations that break the law and are ordered by a jury to pay punitive damages for their outrageous misdeeds will no longer have the ability to write off such penalties on their state tax returns if a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) becomes law.  Wieckowski’s SB 66 passed the Senate tonight and now heads to the Assembly.

May 31, 2017

Sacramento – The California Senate tonight approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to enhance protection of political free speech rights for residents living in the state’s 52,000 common interest developments and 5,000 mobile home parks.  SB 407 targets abusive practices that curtail the residents’ abilities to assemble and communicate on political issues.  It was approved without opposition and now heads to the Assembly. 

To encourage more legal assistance to California's indigent, SB 316 requires reporting of attorneys' pro bono hours
May 30, 2017

Sacramento – With the proposed elimination of the Legal Services Corporation, the federal agency that provides partial funding for legal aid, threatening to reduce access to justice for low-income Californians, the state Senate today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) requiring attorneys to report to the State Bar how many hours of pro bono work they perform each year.  Other states have found that mandatory reporting results in greater pro bono activity and improved relationships between lawyers and non-profit legal organizations.

Confidentiality provisions are expanded in new bill to prevent revealing identifying characteristics in court cases
May 30, 2017

Sacramento – Victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) who are using a pseudonym in their court case to protect their identity would have enhanced privacy protections under Senate Bill 157, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  The bill passed the state Senate this afternoon with overwhelming bipartisan support and now heads to the state Assembly for consideration.

Safeguards would encourage unbanked poor to open accounts and gain financial stability
May 22, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to automatically protect up to $4,800 of a person’s bank account from a bank levy passed the Senate floor today.  The bill, SB 298, will help low-income Californians avoid falling deeper into poverty and will encourage people who rely on check-cashing services and money orders to return to traditional banking services.

May 11, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski, the chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and the author of Senate Bill 775, a bill to improve California’s Cap and Trade system post-2020, made the following statement today.

“I agree with Governor Brown that the Legislature should take action to improve and extend Cap and Trade beyond 2020, building on what we have learned from the existing system and ensuring that we meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals set in last year’s SB 32. 

Improved Cap and Trade system to reach 2030 targets is most cost-effective approach, experts say
May 11, 2017

Sacramento – Building on the lessons learned under the current Cap and Trade system, California should extend the program beyond its 2020 expiration date to enable the state to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, experts testified today in a Senate Environmental Quality Committee oversight hearing. 

SB 775 will provide consumer rebates, add financial stability to the system
May 1, 2017

Sacramento – State Senators Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León today announced a new and improved Cap and Trade program to take effect in 2021 and maintain California’s global leadership in the fight against climate change. 

SB 775, which will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on May 10, eliminates some of the key weaknesses of the existing system and puts Cap and Trade on solid ground through 2030.  The bill requires two-thirds support in the Legislature.

SB 504 calls for state office to conduct independent review of evidence and options for the Legislature
April 26, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Health Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to direct a state agency to review scientific literature on the risk synthetic food dyes pose to some children and what steps, if any, the state should take to protect the public health.  Longstanding health concerns about food dyes have led to warning labels on most dyed foods in Europe and many companies are removing dyes from their products.

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