Press Releases

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.

June 29, 2022

SACRAMENTO — A bill to reduce a number of obstacles homeowners face when attempting to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) was approved today by the Assembly Local Government Committee. Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) SB 897 will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is supported by a vast coalition of affordable housing organizations, business associations, rental housing proponents, and building and senior associations.

June 28, 2022

SACRAMENTO ­— The Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved SB 1099 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) with bipartisan support to make several improvements to bankruptcy law, including preventing debtors from having their home sold out from under them or losing a vehicle to repossession when they have never missed a payment. The bill now goes to the Assembly floor.

June 21, 2022

SACRAMENTO –  The Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee today moved to put in place important privacy guardrails on the data collected from in-vehicle cameras by approving State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s SB 346 with bipartisan support. The bill would prohibit selling the data to third parties and using it for advertising.

More cars are becoming equipped with in-vehicle cameras that record the interior of the vehicle cabin and the actions of the driver. Some analysts expect this lucrative data to be worth over $750 billion by 2030.

June 15, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) legislation to eliminate some of the remaining barriers to constructing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee today with bipartisan support. SB 897 will now head to the Local Government Committee later this month for its consideration.

Senator Wieckowski's SB 1026 would give renters information on the energy efficiency of a rental unit
June 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO — As Californians in search of rental housing are hampered by a tight market and soaring prices, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking to make sure they are not caught unaware of the often hidden costs that result from energy inefficient apartments and appliances.  Wieckowski’s SB 1026 was approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Under SB 1026, before they sign a lease, renters would be able to review an energy efficiency disclosure form to give them a more comprehensive idea of their potential monthly energy expenses.

June 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Senator Bob Wieckowski’s bill to provide improved protection of the wages earned by California living wage workers from garnishment by collectors was approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee and now heads to the Assembly floor. The bill, SB 1477, has widespread support among a huge coalition of organizations working to help low income and middle class Californians who were hit hard during the pandemic and are now confronting rising costs from inflation and supply shortages.

June 13, 2022

SACRAMENTO — A bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to transition California away from single-use, one-pound propane cylinders to refillables moved one step closer to approval as the Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted to support the legislation this afternoon. SB 1256 now heads to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.