Press Releases

September 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Consumers struggling with debt scored a big win today when Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 908 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a bill to require the licensing of debt collectors and debt buyers operating in California. The legislation is strongly supported by a large group of consumer organizations and legal service providers.

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to require that all new cars sold in California be zero emission vehicles beginning in 2035.

AB 1885 updates exemptions in bankruptcy to better reflect today's rising housing costs
September 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) tonight praised Governor Gavin Newsom for signing a major increase in the state’s outdated homestead exemption law that will boost the amount of equity protected from creditors and prevent more homeowners from losing their residences in bankruptcy cases.  AB 1885, a budget trailer bill, puts California more in line with other states that have strong homestead exemption laws.

SB 898, sponsored by Treasurer Fiona Ma, shields the accounts from creditors
September 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect ScholarShare 529 savings accounts from creditors in bankruptcy cases, giving families hard hit financially by the COVID 19 pandemic some much-needed security. The bill, SB 898, is sponsored by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – With an eye toward shielding consumers from unscrupulous debt collectors preying on California families during the COVID-19 induced economic crisis, the state Legislature today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to license debt collectors and debt buyers operating in California.  The bill, SB 908, now heads to Governor Newsom for his consideration.  It is supported by a large coalition of consumer organizations and legal service providers.

Sponsored by State Treasurer Ma, SB 898 prevents creditors from taking higher-ed savings in bankruptcy cases
August 27, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today approved State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to protect ScholarShare 529 savings accounts from creditors in bankruptcy cases, sending the legislation to Governor Newsom for his consideration. The bill is sponsored by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

August 27, 2020
Senator Wieckowski, consumer groups herald new law preventing debt collectors from emptying people's bank accounts
August 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO ­– Beginning next Tuesday, Californians taking on more debt through the COVID-19 pandemic, high unemployment and wildfires, will gain some added financial security when a law authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and supported by consumer groups and legal aid providers goes into effect.

Senate Bill 616 was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019.  The law creates an automatic bank account exemption to prevent debt collectors from seizing the last $1,788 in a person’s account.

Legislators, consumer groups to hold press conference highlighting law preventing debt collectors from emptying accounts
August 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO ­– Help is on the way for Californians in debt who are seeking to protect the last of their meager savings, as a new law barring collectors from zeroing out a debtor’s account goes into effect on September 1.