Press Releases

March 16, 2020

Due to necessary safety precautions mandated by the State of California concerning COVID-19, we regret to announce that we are cancelling the Free Tax Assistance Workshop, slated for Thursday, March 19th. In addition to providing assistance in filing personal income taxes, the event would have also highlighted the state's California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), designed to put more money in the pockets of low-income working families. Roughly 50,000 families in Alameda and Santa Clara counties will be eligible for the income tax credit.

Learn how to take advantage of California's Earned Income Tax Credit
March 9, 2020

With the deadline for filing income taxes coming soon, local families with incomes below $56,000 can receive free income tax preparation assistance at an event co-hosted by State Senator Bob Wieckowski, Golden State Opportunity, United Way Bay Area and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on Thursday, March 19, at the Fremont Family Resource Center Millennium Room, located at 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont. 

Consumer organizations support SJR 13, urging Congress to fix 2017 federal tax reform law
February 26, 2020

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 13, urging Congress to support the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act (S 2627), federal legislation aimed at changing the 2017 tax reform law.  Wieckowski is seeking to have the state Legislature support the new federal legislation to prevent consumers and their attorneys who prevail against corporate lawbreakers from being taxed twice on their judgments or settlements.

February 3, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Seeking to improve consumer protection for Californians, today State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced legislation to license the debt collection industry, an industry that generates nearly a third of all complaints to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  SB 908 would require that debt collectors and buyers obtain a license from the state Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to collect on debts in the state.

SB 372 creates an extended producer responsibility program that reduces costs for consumers
January 15, 2020

Sacramento – With California’s bottle recycling program in tatters, the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to create a new streamlined stewardship program that places redemption and recycling responsibilities on distributors operating inside the state.

January 14, 2020

Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and cycling and natural science advocates marked the progress of the Sabercat Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Trail project and plans to build an Interpretive Center to educate the public about the paleontological history of the area at a press conference this morning.

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.

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