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Legislators, consumer groups to hold press conference highlighting law preventing debt collectors from emptying accounts
August 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO ­– Help is on the way for Californians in debt who are seeking to protect the last of their meager savings, as a new law barring collectors from zeroing out a debtor’s account goes into effect on September 1.

August 18, 2020

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Flex Alert is issued by the CAISO when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures. 

SB 908 increases oversight of industry as more Californians take on debt during Covid-19 pandemic
August 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to require the licensing of debt collectors and debt buyers in California moved one step closer to becoming law when it was approved today by the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.  SB 908 now advances to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It has already passed the Senate.

Sponsored by State Treasurer Ma, SB 898 provides protection for higher-education savings
August 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to protect Golden State ScholarShare 529 savings from creditors in bankruptcy cases was approved with bipartisan support today by the state Assembly Judiciary Committee.  SB 898 now goes to the Assembly floor.

July 10, 2020

FREMONT – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) released the following statement on the passing of Donna Olsen, a Fremont community activist and founder of the Tri-City Ecology Center. She died yesterday morning at the age of 88.

June 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO – With more Californians living paycheck-to-paycheck and taking on more debt to cover their bills, the California State Senate today approved with bipartisan support SB 908 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to require the licensing of debt collectors and debt buyers in California. The bill is supported by a number of California’s top consumer organizations.

June 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, today the California State Senate approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect Golden State Scholarshare 529 college savings plans from being seized by creditors in bankruptcy cases.

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.