Press Releases

SB 316 encourages attorneys to increase pro bono hours to provide more legal assistance to indigent Californians
April 25, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to expand access to justice among indigent Californians by requiring attorneys to report to the State Bar the number of pro bono hours they have worked and the amount they have donated to legal aid organizations passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

SB 168 creates beverage stewardship organization and shifts CalRecycle's role to oversight, enforcement
April 19, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) legislation to comprehensively reform California’s outdated beverage recycling program passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee this afternoon. 

SB 16 cuts the amount lenders can garnish from private borrowers
April 17, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to lower the cap on how much lenders can garnish from Californians who have defaulted on their private student loans passed the state Senate today with bipartisan support.  SB 16 helps to level the playing field between public and private loans by lowering the private loan garnishment cap to 15 percent of wages, the same amount as federal student loans.

April 6, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, has introduced legislation for a comprehensive overhaul of California’s antiquated bottle recycling program.  Senate Bill 168, amended today, establishes a new streamlined stewardship program that reduces the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) administrative role.

SB 157 strengthens privacy protections of revenge porn victims
April 4, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to improve  privacy protections for victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) so they can maintain their privacy in all court proceedings and documents when their intimate images are distributed without their consent.  Senate Bill 157 now goes before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

State's high air quality standards lead the nation
April 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved Sen. Bob Wieckowski’s Senate Resolution (SR) 27 to go on record opposing any federal action rolling back California’s ability to get a Clean Air Act waiver to adopt its own higher standards to reduce air pollution in the state. 

March 29, 2017

San Jose – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize three women for their contributions to the 10th Senate District at his annual Women of the Year ceremony tomorrow night at the Berryessa Branch Library.

WHO:             Senator Wieckowski, Anu Natarajan, Hilary Keith and Jean Marlowe

WHAT:          Women of the Year Ceremony

WHERE:       Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Ave., San Jose

WHEN:          5:30 p.m. (doors open), 6 p.m. (ceremony)

 

March 29, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and the chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, issued the following statement on today’s announcement of a deal between legislators and Governor Brown on a transportation package.

SB 16 lowers cap on the amount lenders can garnish from private borrowers
March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed Senate Bill 16 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to assist Californians struggling to repay their private student loan debts by lowering the cap on how much lenders can garnish from their paychecks.  Wieckowski told the committee reducing the cap from 25 percent of a borrower’s wages to 15 percent, the same level as federal student loans, will encourage lenders to work more closely with students to create manageable repayment plans.

Wieckowski wants to end tax breaks for egregious corporate misdeeds
March 22, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking to eliminate the ability of the worst-behaving corporations to write off on their tax returns punitive damages a court has ordered them to pay victims for egregiously and knowingly violating the law.  Wieckowski’s Senate Bill 66 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this morning.

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