Press Releases

September 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With no opposition, the state Senate approved legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to give consumers more protection when dealing with assigned debt collectors who operate with fewer restrictions than those governing debt that is sold. SB 531, which was approved with bipartisan support earlier this week in the Assembly, now heads to Governor Gavin Newsom for his consideration.

August 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) SB 274, a bill to modernize and increase local government transparency policies by requiring agencies to email agenda packets to people who request them, won approval on the Assembly floor today with bipartisan support. The bill now goes to Governor Gavin Newsom for his consideration. It is supported by the Los Angeles Sunshine Coalition and a number of media organizations.

August 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – It was three years ago when entrepreneurs, seizing on the growing popularity of bubble tea, formed the US Boba Company and opened their own boba factory in Hayward. Today, the manufacturer of the tapioca pearls will be honored in the state capital as the Small Business of the Year by state Senator Bob Wieckowski.

The ceremony is part of California Small Business Day, an annual event organized by the California Small Business Association to honor the contributions of small businesses.  Awardees from each legislative district are recognized during the ceremony.

July 7, 2021

I will be hosting a Senior Scam Stopper Webinar with the Contractors State License Board.

Learn how to protect yourself from various types of fraud relating to financial, home improvement, insurance, telemarketing, and real estate scams. Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcome to attend this FREE webinar.

SB 531 requires assigned debt collectors to prove they have authority to collect the debt
June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee approved legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to strengthen protection for consumers who are dealing with assigned debt collectors who operate with fewer restrictions than those governing debt that is sold. SB 531 now heads to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Wieckowski highlights budget's funding of I-680/Mission Blvd. improvements
June 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature approved a record budget tonight to increase per student funding to historic levels, provide over $8 billion in direct relief to people earning up to $75,000 a year, invest $3 billion in a drought relief package and expand financial assistance to small businesses. The budget also includes key funding for several local projects, including funds to upgrade the I-680/Mission Boulevard interchange, the site of several accidents in recent years.

June 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Four bills authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), dealing with mandatory arbitration, employment and housing discrimination, minors and homeowner associations, were approved with bipartisan support by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

June 3, 2021

SACRAMENTO ­– The California State Senate today passed landmark legislation to reform California’s antiquated Bottle Bill and to hold beverage distributors responsible for increasing the amount of containers that are recycled. SB 38 will transform the current broken system that has resulted in plummeting recycling rates, more containers in our landfills and consumers unable to find convenient locations to redeem their bottles and cans. The bill now goes to the state Assembly.

SB 346 prohibits video from being sold or used for advertising
May 26, 2021

SACRAMENTO –  With strong bipartisan support, the state Senate today passed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to prohibit data collected from in-vehicle cameras from being sold to third parties or used for advertising purposes. The bill, SB 346, also requires that consumers be notified at the time of purchase that a camera is installed inside the vehicle.

As more cars become equipped with in-vehicle cameras capable of recording the interior of the vehicle cabin and the actions of the driver, consumers face another threat to their privacy.

May 26, 2021

State Senator Bob Wieckowski issued the following statement on the mass shooting today in San Jose.

“My heart goes out to all the VTA employees and their families who have lost loved ones and colleagues as a result of another act of senseless gun violence. Our community mourns with them. We cannot prevent every tragic shooting, but the California Legislature remains committed to passing sensible gun laws so fewer victims will feel the pain and heartbreak that San Jose is feeling today.”