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May 9, 2017

MILPITAS – Three local community leaders from Alameda and Santa Clara counties who are active in education, social justice, arts, culture and the non-profit sectors will be honored by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at his 7th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony Friday, May 12 in Milpitas.  

May 5, 2017

Dear Friend,

As you may know, May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In order to honor API leaders who continue to make a positive impact in our community, I am hosting my 7th Annual API Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12th at the Milpitas Unified School District Board Room, 1331 E Calaveras Blvd Building 500 in Milpitas. The ceremony will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We will be honoring prominent API leaders from our community. The honorees include:

Current lengthy process to get exemption from levies leaves many low-income Californians cut off from their accounts and unable to pay bills
May 2, 2017

Sacramento – Low-income Californians would no longer see their entire bank accounts frozen and turned over to a debt collector under a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  SB 298 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.  It would automatically exempt from collection $4,800 in a person’s account. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
SB 775 will provide consumer rebates, add financial stability to the system
May 1, 2017

Sacramento – State Senators Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León today announced a new and improved Cap and Trade program to take effect in 2021 and maintain California’s global leadership in the fight against climate change. 

SB 775, which will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on May 10, eliminates some of the key weaknesses of the existing system and puts Cap and Trade on solid ground through 2030.  The bill requires two-thirds support in the Legislature.

SB 504 calls for state office to conduct independent review of evidence and options for the Legislature
April 26, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Health Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to direct a state agency to review scientific literature on the risk synthetic food dyes pose to some children and what steps, if any, the state should take to protect the public health.  Longstanding health concerns about food dyes have led to warning labels on most dyed foods in Europe and many companies are removing dyes from their products.

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.

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