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May 22, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am writing to invite you to participate in a telephone town hall focused on support for Small Businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The goal of this telephone town hall is to allow you to hear from experts about the rights and resources available to our small businesses.

May 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the personal finances of California families, a new state proposal authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski and sponsored by California Treasurer Fiona Ma would exempt higher education 529 Scholarshare accounts from creditors in bankruptcy cases. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 898 earlier today.

May 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO­– Taking a step to provide increased oversight of the debt collection industry, the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee today approved Senate Bill 908, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), to require debt collectors and buyers to obtain a license in order to collect on debts in California.

March 16, 2020

Due to necessary safety precautions mandated by the State of California concerning COVID-19, we regret to announce that we are cancelling the Free Tax Assistance Workshop, slated for Thursday, March 19th. In addition to providing assistance in filing personal income taxes, the event would have also highlighted the state's California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), designed to put more money in the pockets of low-income working families. Roughly 50,000 families in Alameda and Santa Clara counties will be eligible for the income tax credit.

Learn how to take advantage of California's Earned Income Tax Credit
March 9, 2020

With the deadline for filing income taxes coming soon, local families with incomes below $56,000 can receive free income tax preparation assistance at an event co-hosted by State Senator Bob Wieckowski, Golden State Opportunity, United Way Bay Area and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on Thursday, March 19, at the Fremont Family Resource Center Millennium Room, located at 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont. 

Consumer organizations support SJR 13, urging Congress to fix 2017 federal tax reform law
February 26, 2020

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 13, urging Congress to support the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act (S 2627), federal legislation aimed at changing the 2017 tax reform law.  Wieckowski is seeking to have the state Legislature support the new federal legislation to prevent consumers and their attorneys who prevail against corporate lawbreakers from being taxed twice on their judgments or settlements.

February 3, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Seeking to improve consumer protection for Californians, today State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced legislation to license the debt collection industry, an industry that generates nearly a third of all complaints to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  SB 908 would require that debt collectors and buyers obtain a license from the state Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to collect on debts in the state.

SB 372 creates an extended producer responsibility program that reduces costs for consumers
January 15, 2020

Sacramento – With California’s bottle recycling program in tatters, the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to create a new streamlined stewardship program that places redemption and recycling responsibilities on distributors operating inside the state.

January 14, 2020

Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and cycling and natural science advocates marked the progress of the Sabercat Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Trail project and plans to build an Interpretive Center to educate the public about the paleontological history of the area at a press conference this morning.

December 19, 2019

SB 13    Advancing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

California is in a housing crisis. This housing burden is one of the most significant drivers of institutional and generational poverty cycles.  This law cuts exorbitant impact fees and reduces remaining barriers in order to encourage the safe, legal construction of more affordable ADUs.

SB 187   Helping Homeowners Fight Shady Mortgage Debt Collectors