Press Releases

September 28, 2022

SACRAMENTO ­— Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to help families in bankruptcy hold onto their homes and to keep possession of their modestly-valued cars, among a series of other changes designed to fulfill the promise of a fresh start that bankruptcy is supposed to provide.

SB 897 is the the final ADU bill from the Senator who kicked off the building boom in 2016
September 28, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) last accessory dwelling unit (ADU) bill, SB 897, was signed into law today by Governor Gavin Newsom, giving homeowners more flexibility with height restrictions and speeding up the permitting process. ADUs have surged in popularity since Wieckowski passed his first bill in 2016 eliminating parking restrictions tied to the units.

SB 897 to help homeowners build accessary dwelling units sent to Governor Newsom for his signature
August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature approved SB 897, Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) final accessory dwelling unit (ADU) bill to help homeowners construct ADUs by removing unnecessary barriers that hinder develop. The bill now goes to Governor Newsom for his consideration.

SB 1477 would help middle-income consumers pay down debt, avoid deeper financial crisis
August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Californians struggling to pay down their debts while dealing with rising costs from inflation and supply shortages will get assistance to help them avoid falling deeper into financial crisis if Governor Newsom signs a bill passed by the Senate last night.

August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO –  State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to give California consumers more control of the data collected from inward-facing vehicle cameras overwhelmingly passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Newsom.

SB 346 prohibits any image or video recording collected or retained through an in-vehicle camera from being sold or used for any advertising.

SB 38 eliminates cash payments from processors to recyclers
August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to help reduce fraud in the beverage container recycling system by prohibiting cash payments from processors to recyclers. Senate Bill 38 also requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to study and develop a system to address glass contamination in the recycling process.

SB 38 now heads to Governor Newsom for his signature.

August 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO ­— The California Senate approved SB 1099, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), today to prevent consumers in bankruptcy from losing their car to repossession when they have never missed a payment and to eliminate the incentive for trustees to stall a case until the family home appreciates enough to forcibly sell it. The bill now heads to Governor Newsom for his consideration.

The Fremont company's biodigester machines reduce the carbon footprint and expense of food waste
August 17, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Power Knot, a Fremont company that manufactures biodigesters that are usually used in commercial kitchens, cruise ships and corporate cafeterias to reduce the expense, carbon footprint and inconvenience of disposing of food waste that would otherwise be hauled to a landfill, is Senator Bob Wieckowski’s Small Business of the Year for the 10th Senate District.  

August 15, 2022

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly today approved a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to transition California away from wasteful single-use, 1-pound propane cylinders to refillables by 2028. The bill is expected to pass the Senate on a concurrence vote and go to the Governor for his signature.

June 29, 2022

SACRAMENTO — High housing costs and a tight rental market are two well-known obstacles for Californians looking for a place to live. But the jolt of higher than expected energy bills caused by inefficient appliances or poor insulation can also add to the financial burden facing renters.