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July 13, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) issued the following statement following today’s Senate Environmental Quality Committee vote on Cap and Trade.

“My top priority is extending Cap and Trade beyond 2020 to ensure California continues its role as a global leader in fighting climate change.  Although I would prefer a much more robust Cap and Trade program as spelled out in SB 775, the Governor’s proposal attempts to move us forward to 2030.

July 10, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s bill clarifying that current mediation confidentiality statutes do not apply to legally-required financial disclosures in family law cases was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown.  The bill codifies an appellate court ruling from 2014.

SB 680 will help increase the number of affordable housing units in the Bay Area region
July 6, 2017

Sacramento – Bay Area residents could see more transit-oriented developments near BART stations after the state Assembly approved a bill authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today. Senate Bill 680 now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration.

SB 680 extends the boundaries where BART can pursue commercial, residential or mixed-use development from a quarter mile to a half-mile of its stations.  The move is consistent with policies for other transit village developments in California.

Wieckowski's SB 775 would create a post-2020 framework to meet California's strict 2030 limits
June 30, 2017

Sacramento – A growing number of statewide and regional organizations in California, representing thousands of members, are lining up in support of SB 775, the Cap and Trade bill unveiled last month by Senator Bob Wieckowski and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. The groups include climate activists, environmental justice organizations, consumer advocates, physicians, cities and academics. 

June 28, 2017

Sacramento – Latinas in STEM, an organization seeking to inspire and empower Latinas in K-12, college and professional careers to pursue and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities was named Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  The organization was recognized today at the 2nd Annual California Nonprofits Day at the state Capitol.

Bank levies can empty the accounts of people living paycheck to paycheck
June 27, 2017

Sacramento – The Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to allow low-income Californians to shield up to $4,800 from bank levies so they can maintain enough financial stability to pay day-to-day expenses and avoid falling deeper into debt.

June 20, 2017

Sacramento – A bill to clarify that the political speech rights of residents in common interest developments cannot be infringed upon by homeowner association (HOA) boards unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning.  SB 407, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) now heads to the Assembly floor.

June 15, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the 2017-2018 state budget.

“This budget creates jobs through a real infrastructure plan, increases per pupil funding for the sixth straight year, makes substantial investments in health care, and expands legal aid funding when it is under serious threat from Washington.  It is a strong, on-time budget that reflects the state’s values, while also building reserves for a rainy day. 

SB 16 lowers the amount that creditors can garnish from Californians
June 13, 2017

Sacramento – The Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would provide relief to Californians struggling to pay off their private student loan debt by lowering the wage garnishment cap to the same level as people who defaulted on federal student loans. 

Currently, the garnishment rate is 25 percent of a person’s paycheck for those who have defaulted on their private student loan.  But the cap on federal loans is only 15 percent.  Wieckowski’s SB 16 would lower the private rate to 15 percent. 

SB 178 will authorize transfer of Centerville Community Park property to help address student overcrowding
June 13, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) this morning to allow for the development of a much-needed elementary school near downtown Fremont to help address school overcrowding issues in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD).