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Expanded $573 million package builds on Governor's $323 million proposal
March 2, 2021

Sacramento – The state Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy approved a $573 million proposal on early action wildfire budget issues today, expanding on Governor Newsom’s request for $323 million in funding in this year’s budget.  The early action wildfire package will be part of negotiations with the Assembly and the Newsom administration.

February 22, 2021

The California Legislature today approved an immediate relief and stimulus package for families and businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 recession.

The package offers $7.6 billion in assistance in the form of fee relief, stimulus payments, financial assistance, child care subsidies, and student aid for families and businesses who have faced devastating economic hardship because of COVID-19. 

February 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO – California State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced a package of bills to protect worker rights, reform the state’s broken Bottle Bill program, require a label on products with synthetic food dyes and notify consumers when their debt is sold, along with other pro-consumer legislation. Friday marked the bill introduction deadline in the California Legislature.

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.