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AB 2643 would create a civil remedy for victims and allow for pseudonymous pleadings
Sacramento – A bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to establish a clear civil remedy for victims whose intimate images are distributed without their consent passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee today on a 10 to 0 vote.
AB 2643 allows the victim the option to file a case pseudonymously. It creates a private right of action against a person who intentionally distributes a photograph, videotape or image of another that exposes the intimate body parts of that person without his or her consent.
Sacramento – Central California Legal Services, Inc. has named Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) its Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award honoree for 2014. The Equal Justice Award is the highest award given by the organization. Wieckowski will receive the award this fall at CCLS’ Champions of Justice Reception.
Wieckowski is being recognized for his legislation on behalf of the working poor, his effort to improve accountability on the level of charity care provided by private, nonprofit hospitals and his advocacy for increased funding to the courts.
(Sacramento) - At a press conference today, Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced AB 1710, legislation to help protect consumer information in the event of a business data breach. Target and Neiman Marcus were the victims of massive data breaches recently that compromised millions of customers' credit and debit card numbers. The largest breach that took place affected over $110 million consumers. These consumers will need to monitor their personal information for years to come due to this data breach.
After LAO January report, legislation clarifying Cal Grant eligibility for institutions advances in Assembly.
Sacramento - A bill by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) clarifying statutes that determine which institutions of higher education are eligible to receive Cal Grant funds easily passed the state Assembly Higher Education Committee today on a 12-0 vote. AB 1590 continues the state’s push to ensure that its limited Cal Grant funds are going to colleges and universities that demonstrate quality and graduate students with manageable student debt levels.
“With the student debt crisis reaching about $1 trillion nationally, it is our responsibility to see that these funds go to those higher education institutions that are helping us get the best return on our investment,” Wieckowski said. “That means preparing our students for good jobs and giving them the tools they need to succeed after college, not strapping them down with debt and sending them on their way.”
Sacramento – Assembly Judiciary Chairman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) made the following statement today after California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s 2014 State of the Judiciary address before the state Legislature.
“I share Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s view that our courts need additional funding to better provide the public access to justice. Last year, I chaired a Judiciary Committee hearing on how devastating the cuts to the Judicial Branch have been to those seeking to use our courts. We were able to add $63 million to the Governor’s initial budget proposal in 2013 and I am hopeful that this year we can add even more than the $100 million additional funding the Governor is proposing for 2014-2015.
“The courtroom closures, layoffs and furloughs hurt businesses, and individuals across the board, but especially low-income Californians who often must take time off from work and travel greater distances to handle their legal matters. We must continue to restore funding to this branch of government so more Californians can access our legal system.”
Sacramento – Sparky Harlan, the executive director/chief executive officer of the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara and a tireless advocate for homeless youth is the 25th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year , Assembly member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today. She will join other Woman of the Year honorees today in a ceremony in the state Assembly.
“For over 30 years Sparky Harlan has used her expertise, experience and most of all her compassion to improve the lives of thousands of runaways, homeless youth and foster children,” Wieckowski said. “Her passion to provide these children the counseling, housing and education they need to improve their circumstances has changed the lives of countless youth in the South Bay.”
CNA, Greenlining Institute, CRLAF also call for transparency to ensure private, tax-exempt hospitals are adequately serving low-income patients
Sacramento – Assembly members Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) are renewing their effort to make sure private, tax-exempt hospitals are providing measurable health care benefits that meet the needs of their communities. The legislators amended Assembly Bill 503 today to provide more transparency and clarity on the community benefits provided by the hospitals.
“A number of studies and state audits have shown that without a standard definition of charity care it is nearly impossible to determine if local communities are receiving the health care services low-income residents need,” Wieckowski said. “Taxpayers are providing these hospitals with almost $2 billion in tax benefits and yet there is no system in place with a standard method to calculate the amount of community benefits.
AB 2643 would create a civil remedy for victims and allow for pseudonymous complaints
Sacramento – A bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) would establish a clear civil remedy for victims whose intimate images are distributed without their consent. The bill also allows the victim the option to file a case pseudonymously.
AB 2643 creates a private right of action against a person who intentionally distributes a photograph, videotape or image of another that exposes the intimate body parts of that person without his or her consent.
Major reforms are designed to make sure seniors are treated with dignity and their civil liberties are fully honored.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced comprehensive legislation today, AB 2171, to strengthen the rights of residential care facility residents and to give them more choices concerning the treatment and care they receive.
“Too many seniors are spending their remaining years living in deplorable conditions, being mistreated and feeling like their voices are not being heard,” Wieckowski said. “This bill will make sure more seniors are treated with the dignity they all deserve.”
AB 802 would make it easier to research outcomes of arbitration cases to better understand how consumers, companies are treated
Sacramento – A bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to require arbitration companies to publish information on consumer arbitration cases in easily sortable formats was approved by a 54-21 vote in the California State Assembly this morning. The bill now heads to the state Senate.