Press Releases

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.

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.

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.

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.

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