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February 3, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Seeking to improve consumer protection for Californians, today State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced legislation to license the debt collection industry, an industry that generates nearly a third of all complaints to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  SB 908 would require that debt collectors and buyers obtain a license from the state Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to collect on debts in the state.

SB 372 creates an extended producer responsibility program that reduces costs for consumers
January 15, 2020

Sacramento – With California’s bottle recycling program in tatters, the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to create a new streamlined stewardship program that places redemption and recycling responsibilities on distributors operating inside the state.

January 14, 2020

Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and cycling and natural science advocates marked the progress of the Sabercat Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Trail project and plans to build an Interpretive Center to educate the public about the paleontological history of the area at a press conference this morning.

December 19, 2019

SB 13    Advancing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

California is in a housing crisis. This housing burden is one of the most significant drivers of institutional and generational poverty cycles.  This law cuts exorbitant impact fees and reduces remaining barriers in order to encourage the safe, legal construction of more affordable ADUs.

SB 187   Helping Homeowners Fight Shady Mortgage Debt Collectors

December 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO ­–  State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has lined up more supporters for his legislation to have the oil industry pay an oil severance tax in California, as it does in every other major oil producing state.  Senate Bill 246 would raise approximately $900 million per year to better fund schools and other important services in California.

As many of the world’s leaders gather in Spain at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) 25, Wieckowski said it is time to demand more from the fossil fuel industry.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

As we enter the holiday season, California's economy remains strong with forecasts projecting more growth for the Golden State.  We have the fifth-largest economy in the world and a booming clean energy economy.  We will start 2020 in good fiscal shape.

November 4, 2019

FREMONT – State Senator Bob Wieckowski, who attended the 2015 COP 21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it was officially withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.  The decision makes the United States, the world’s second-largest emitter, the only country to abandon the Agreement. 

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.