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October 17, 2019

I am proud to co-host a Halloween Safety Resource Fair with Assemblymember Bill Quirk, and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. 

We will have available brochures and other materials on safety tips for parents and children for the Halloween holiday. Members of my district staff will also be on hand to answer constituent questions and listen to concerns you may have.

Wieckowski, Hertzberg's SB 707 would stop companies from gaming the rules in arbitration
October 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Delivering a big victory for California workers and consumers, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed SB 707, jointly authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), to deter companies that have forced their customers and employees into arbitration from obstructing the process by refusing to pay the required arbitration fees.

Conservators must get authorization from a court before selling a conservatee's home
October 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s bill to provide conservatees more protection of their benefits and personal residence was signed into law tonight by Governor Newsom.  SB 303 provides greater oversight of the removal of a conservatee from her residence and the sale of her home.

SB 323 improves voting rights in the 50,000 HOAs in California
October 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to enable better oversight of elections at California’s more than 50,000 homeowner associations (HOAs) was signed into law tonight by Governor Gavin Newsom.  SB 323 will rein in boards that have disenfranchised homeowners across the state and add other requirements to ensure fair elections.

SB 13 eliminates and reduces fees depending on the size of the new homes
October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO ­– Moving to give a boost to the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate excessive developer impact fees, often cited by ADU supporters as the biggest barrier blocking their development.   

Debt collectors will no longer be allowed to empty out a person's account
October 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO ­– With income inequality on the rise in California, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to prevent debt collection agencies from emptying out a consumer’s bank account and leaving people without any funds to cover day-to-day expenses.

Under Wieckowski’s SB 616, debt collectors must leave $1,724 in the account.  The bill is supported by legal aid providers, advocates for low-income consumers and statewide progressive organizations, who see the legislation as a key anti-poverty measure.

October 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) Senate Bill 187 to protect consumers with mortgages from abusive debt collection tactics.  The bill ends years of confusion and stops the debate as to whether mortgage holders fall under the same consumer protection umbrella as other debtors.

Monday, October 7, 2019
Lt. Gov. Kounalakis, other ambassadors support SB 267
October 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Beginning in January, Foreign Service Officers from California representing the United States abroad, and their spouses, will be able to get an extension for their driver’s licenses that will keep them valid for the duration of the time they are serving abroad.  Governor Newsom today signed Senate Bill 267, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), which grants Foreign Service Officers the same license extensions as members of the military.

The Senator secured funding in the state budget to redesign the creek and improve the marsh, wildlife habitat
September 26, 2019

FREMONT – Supporters of a project to restore Alameda Creek and build up sediment near the baylands to address the threat of sea level rise joined Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today for a ceremonial check presentation next to the creek.  Wieckowski championed the project in the Legislature and secured $31.4 million in funding.