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May 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today passed SB 13, a significant housing bill authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to remove some of the biggest remaining barriers on homeowners who want to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny-flats, on their property.

The fund includes $75 million for recycling infrastructure and waste diversion
May 15, 2019

Sacramento – The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation approved the 2019-2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) today, providing almost $1.5 billion for programs to reduce GHG emissions in California. The GGRF is comprised of discretionary funds derived from the state’s Cap and Trade auction revenue. 

Former U.S. ambassador supports SB 267 to grant extensions like those used by members of our armed forces
May 13, 2019

Sacramento – Foreign Service Officers who are residents of California but are serving abroad would have their driver’s licenses remain in effect for the duration of their time outside the state and 30 days after they return, under Senate Bill 267, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate Thursday, grants the same type of extension to foreign service officers as for those serving in the armed forces.

SB 477 would provide up to $1,000 per year in relief
May 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO ­– With student loan debt climbing to more than $1.5 trillion nationally and graduates trying to pay for everyday expenses while simultaneously paying down student loans, State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) SB 477 was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today.

After forcing workers and consumers into forced arbitration, companies are delaying hearings, leaving victims with no avenue for justice
April 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California workers and consumers who are bound by forced arbitration agreements would be given a number of options to take companies that obstruct the arbitration process to court or compel them to continue in arbitration to resolve disputes under a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

April 19, 2019

Dear Friend:

April 22 marks the 49th Anniversary of Earth Day. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson proposed the day to raise the environmental consciousness of our nation. He wanted Earth Day to "shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently into the political arena."

April 11, 2019

Assemblymember Kansen Chu and I will be hosting a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar at the Barbara Lee Senior Center in Milpitas on Wednesday April 17, 2019. There will be presentations by representatives from state and local agencies. Learn how to protect yourself from various types of fraud relating to financial, home improvement, insurance, telemarketing, and real estate scams.

April 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) new bill to lower the costs of building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in California to help address the housing affordability crisis passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this morning. SB 13 now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – With strong support from legal aid organizations and non-profit groups that assist low-income Californians, two bills by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), SB 187 and SB 616, to rein in aggressive and harassing debt collectors were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to establish the position of chief resilience officer to coordinate the state’s work on climate resiliency issues was approved this afternoon by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.  SB 168 would enable the Governor to appoint the chief resilience officer, who would be based in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.