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SB 13 eliminates impact fees on accessory units below 750 square feet to reduce building costs for homeowners
July 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A major accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reform bill authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to eliminate developer impact fees on units below 750 square feet passed the Assembly Local Government Committee today.  SB 13, which also eliminates owner occupancy restrictions for five years, passed with bipartisan support.

SR 47 adds California's voice in support of joining Basel Convention to curb international waste
July 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, the California Senate today passed SR 47, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to urge Congress to ratify the Basel Convention, an international treaty that places protocols on international waste.

July 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee today approved Senate Resolution 47 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) with bipartisan support to urge the United States to ratify the Basel Convention, an international treaty to reduce the movement of hazardous waste and mixed plastic waste. 

Former U.S. ambassador to Germany supports SB 267
July 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Foreign Service Officers from California representing the United States abroad, and their spouses, would be able to get an extension for their driver’s license that would keep it in full effect for the duration of the time they are serving abroad, under Senate Bill 267 authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski.  The bill was approved this afternoon by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

June 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) highlighted several parts of the 2019-2020 state budget that was signed yesterday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

June 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) Senate Bill 616, ensuring that at least $2,000 must be left in a bank account when it is levied by a debt collector, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning.

June 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Natural Resources Committee today approved Senate Bill 168 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to establish a chief climate resilience officer in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).  The bill now moves to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.

June 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Castro Valley comic book store Crush Comics was honored today by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) in the state Capital as the Small Business of the Year for Senate District 10.

SB 13 targets some barriers that are blocking homeowners from building ADUs
June 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) Senate Bill 13 to reduce some of the remaining barriers homeowners face when trying to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats, passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee this morning.

SB 707 assists California workers, consumers when companies withhold payment to delay arbitration
June 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A bill jointly authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to deter companies from withholding payment to arbitrators to obstruct the arbitration process and deny workers and consumers their rights, was approved this morning by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  The bill, SB 707, now heads to the Assembly floor.