Press Releases

Bank levies can empty the accounts of people living paycheck to paycheck
June 27, 2017

Sacramento – The Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to allow low-income Californians to shield up to $4,800 from bank levies so they can maintain enough financial stability to pay day-to-day expenses and avoid falling deeper into debt.

June 20, 2017

Sacramento – A bill to clarify that the political speech rights of residents in common interest developments cannot be infringed upon by homeowner association (HOA) boards unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning.  SB 407, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) now heads to the Assembly floor.

June 15, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the 2017-2018 state budget.

“This budget creates jobs through a real infrastructure plan, increases per pupil funding for the sixth straight year, makes substantial investments in health care, and expands legal aid funding when it is under serious threat from Washington.  It is a strong, on-time budget that reflects the state’s values, while also building reserves for a rainy day. 

SB 16 lowers the amount that creditors can garnish from Californians
June 13, 2017

Sacramento – The Assembly Judiciary Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would provide relief to Californians struggling to pay off their private student loan debt by lowering the wage garnishment cap to the same level as people who defaulted on federal student loans. 

Currently, the garnishment rate is 25 percent of a person’s paycheck for those who have defaulted on their private student loan.  But the cap on federal loans is only 15 percent.  Wieckowski’s SB 16 would lower the private rate to 15 percent. 

SB 178 will authorize transfer of Centerville Community Park property to help address student overcrowding
June 13, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) this morning to allow for the development of a much-needed elementary school near downtown Fremont to help address school overcrowding issues in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD).

Taxpayers should not subsidize corporate fraud or malice
May 31, 2017

Sacramento – Corporations that break the law and are ordered by a jury to pay punitive damages for their outrageous misdeeds will no longer have the ability to write off such penalties on their state tax returns if a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) becomes law.  Wieckowski’s SB 66 passed the Senate tonight and now heads to the Assembly.

May 31, 2017

Sacramento – The California Senate tonight approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to enhance protection of political free speech rights for residents living in the state’s 52,000 common interest developments and 5,000 mobile home parks.  SB 407 targets abusive practices that curtail the residents’ abilities to assemble and communicate on political issues.  It was approved without opposition and now heads to the Assembly. 

To encourage more legal assistance to California's indigent, SB 316 requires reporting of attorneys' pro bono hours
May 30, 2017

Sacramento – With the proposed elimination of the Legal Services Corporation, the federal agency that provides partial funding for legal aid, threatening to reduce access to justice for low-income Californians, the state Senate today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) requiring attorneys to report to the State Bar how many hours of pro bono work they perform each year.  Other states have found that mandatory reporting results in greater pro bono activity and improved relationships between lawyers and non-profit legal organizations.

Confidentiality provisions are expanded in new bill to prevent revealing identifying characteristics in court cases
May 30, 2017

Sacramento – Victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) who are using a pseudonym in their court case to protect their identity would have enhanced privacy protections under Senate Bill 157, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  The bill passed the state Senate this afternoon with overwhelming bipartisan support and now heads to the state Assembly for consideration.

Safeguards would encourage unbanked poor to open accounts and gain financial stability
May 22, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to automatically protect up to $4,800 of a person’s bank account from a bank levy passed the Senate floor today.  The bill, SB 298, will help low-income Californians avoid falling deeper into poverty and will encourage people who rely on check-cashing services and money orders to return to traditional banking services.