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January 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski, a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and the chair of its subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy, issued the following statement today on Governor Gavin Newsom’s state budget.

“Approving our state budget is one of the most important actions we take as legislators. But this year, given the vast challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our economy, the need to prevent mass evictions, education and our worsening climate crisis, it’s extraordinarily important.

December 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO – California small business owners and non-profits can apply for some of the $500 million in California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program funds the state is offering beginning on December 30, State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today. The formal application period will run from Dec. 30, 2020 to January 8, 2021.

December 17, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

California’s first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have started to arrive and a safe and effective distribution plan is already underway. Frontline healthcare workers will be prioritized to receive the first available doses.

Many have expressed concern about how the state plans to distribute future doses safely and in an equitable manner. You may have personal concerns about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for yourself and your family. 

December 7, 2020

Sacramento – Seeking to transform the state’s deteriorating beverage container recycling system, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced new legislation today that would shift responsibility for the program from consumers to distributors. The new streamlined stewardship program would be modeled after Oregon’s system, which promotes Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).   

September 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Consumers struggling with debt scored a big win today when Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 908 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a bill to require the licensing of debt collectors and debt buyers operating in California. The legislation is strongly supported by a large group of consumer organizations and legal service providers.

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to require that all new cars sold in California be zero emission vehicles beginning in 2035.

AB 1885 updates exemptions in bankruptcy to better reflect today's rising housing costs
September 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) tonight praised Governor Gavin Newsom for signing a major increase in the state’s outdated homestead exemption law that will boost the amount of equity protected from creditors and prevent more homeowners from losing their residences in bankruptcy cases.  AB 1885, a budget trailer bill, puts California more in line with other states that have strong homestead exemption laws.

SB 898, sponsored by Treasurer Fiona Ma, shields the accounts from creditors
September 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect ScholarShare 529 savings accounts from creditors in bankruptcy cases, giving families hard hit financially by the COVID 19 pandemic some much-needed security. The bill, SB 898, is sponsored by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

September 2, 2020

Your immediate participation is needed in the 2020 Census!

In an effort to disenfranchise historically underrepresented communities, federal officials have moved up the last day of the Census count to September 30 (previously October 31)! That is a full month less to have our communities counted.