Press Releases

After forcing workers and consumers into forced arbitration, companies are delaying hearings, leaving victims with no avenue for justice
April 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California workers and consumers who are bound by forced arbitration agreements would be given a number of options to take companies that obstruct the arbitration process to court or compel them to continue in arbitration to resolve disputes under a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

April 11, 2019

Assemblymember Kansen Chu and I will be hosting a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar at the Barbara Lee Senior Center in Milpitas on Wednesday April 17, 2019. There will be presentations by representatives from state and local agencies. Learn how to protect yourself from various types of fraud relating to financial, home improvement, insurance, telemarketing, and real estate scams.

April 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) new bill to lower the costs of building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in California to help address the housing affordability crisis passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this morning. SB 13 now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – With strong support from legal aid organizations and non-profit groups that assist low-income Californians, two bills by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), SB 187 and SB 616, to rein in aggressive and harassing debt collectors were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

April 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing that accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats, are an increasingly popular way to provide more affordable housing in California, the state Senate’s Housing Committee approved SB 13 today, the latest legislation authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), one of the Legislature’s strongest advocates for the smaller homes.

March 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – As one report after another warns of severe damage to natural and man-made environments and extensive economic harm caused by climate change, today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved SB 168 by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to create a position of chief officer of climate adaptation and resilience.  The chief officer would be appointed by the Governor and coordinate climate adaptation out of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Veteran educator honored in state Capitol ceremony
March 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Parvin Ahmadi, superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), is the 2019 Woman of the Year for Senate District 10, Senator Bob Wieckowski announced today.  Ahmadi and other Women of the Year honorees were recognized during a ceremony on the Senate floor.

With the highest poverty rate in the nation, low-income Californians need the protection offered by SB 616
February 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Low-income Californians would finally get the protection they need from debt collectors who are attempting to zero-out their checking accounts with a bill introduced today by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  SB 616 prevents collectors from taking the last $2,000 from an individual’s account, ensuring that people have some minimal money to pay for daily living expenses.

SB 477 provides needed relief for graduates
February 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Californians burdened with high student loan debt would get some much-needed relief on their taxes under a bill introduced today by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  SB 477 would allow people to take a greater tax deduction for the interest paid for student loans.

February 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Trump administration is poised to roll back federal clean car standards, 200 legislators from 14 states joined together today in calling on the auto industry to oppose the rollback and instead support the lifesaving and money-saving standards. A letter signed by the lawmakers was sent to 20 automakers and appeared in an ad in The Hill.