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Sacramento – Fremont resident Wayne Springsteen was selected by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) as the Veteran of the Year in the 25th Assembly District and honored during festivities at the state Capitol and Sacramento Convention Center yesterday.
“It’s a privilege to recognize Mr. Springsteen for his service to our country during World War II,” Wieckowski said. “The commitment and sacrifice made by Wayne and others of the Greatest Generation helped preserve and protect the freedom that we all enjoy today. Their service in our country’s time of need is something we must never forget. We owe all of these veterans our gratitude.”
Wieckowski, Dickinson legislation aims to expand notification to consumers
Sacramento – Responding to the need to strengthen consumer protection and notification after a number of major data breaches at retail stores, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill jointly co-authored by Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) last night that would improve the state’s data breach laws. AB 1710 passed 5-2 and now heads to the Senate floor.
“This is an important, reasonable bill that updates our laws to enhance notification requirements to consumers after large breaches so they are notified and not just the banks or debit and credit card issuers,” Wieckowski said. Under existing law, only the party that owns or licenses the personal data is required to notify consumers if their unencrypted information is breached. Those who maintain personal information are not required. That means that consumers receive a letter from a financial institution regarding a breach of personal information, but may not be aware of where the breach occurred or believe it might have occurred at the financial institution.
AB 2171 seeks to improve protection of seniors living in residential care facilities for the elderly
Sacramento – In the wake of several incidents of mistreatment at residential care facilities for the elderly, the California Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill late last night by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to establish a Senior Residents Bill of Rights. The bill passed 5 to 2 and now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Our seniors deserve the right to live their remaining years with dignity, safety and respect,” Wieckowski said. “This bill will help fight abuse and mistreatment and give residents the ability to take action to enforce their rights and stop violations.”
Effort to create a standardized method to calculate level of care and increase transparency moves forward
Sacramento - California taxpayers would be able to get a more accurate measurement of the amount of community benefits provided by tax-exempt private, non-profit hospitals under a bill jointly authored by Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Rob Bonta (D-Alameda). The bill, AB 503, passed the Senate Health Committee today 6-2 and now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“These hospitals receive favorable tax treatment and the public expects them to deliver community benefits, including charity care,” Wieckowski said. “However, as several reports by the California State Auditor, the Greenlining Institute and others have noted, there is no standard methodology in place to calculate the amount of benefits provided. If the state wants to increase accountability by establishing a standard methodology, the state auditor recommended that the Legislature define the method or direct the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to develop the regulations. AB 503 does exactly that.”
San Jose - The Congress of California Seniors named Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) its Legislator of the Year during its 2014 Aging Policy Conference this morning in San Jose.
“I am honored by the recognition from the Congress of California Seniors,” Wieckowski said. “CCS is one of the leading state-wide organizations for seniors and a vocal proponent of legislation to assist California’s senior community. Its workshops, conferences and advocacy increases awareness among seniors of important issues and lets them know how their legislators are voting in our Capitol.”
Sacramento – Hastest Solutions Inc., a San Jose provider of reliability and environmental testing of products and materials, was named Small Business of the Year in the 25th Assembly District by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). The company, and others from around the state, was honored during a California Small Business Day ceremony this morning in Sacramento.
“Hastest Solutions Inc. offers sophisticated testing for a number of products in a variety of industries, such as semiconductors, glass, plastics, biotech and batteries,” Wieckowski said. “It has grown from a small start-up to a company now operating out of a 20,000 square-foot facility. But the employees also pride themselves in supporting women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, aiding food banks and being active in community youth activities.”
AB 1668 would help non-profit colleges and universities receive tax-exempt private loans for construction of facilities
Sacramento – Private, non-profit colleges and universities seeking tax-exempt private placement loans to expand or construct facilities would be able to work through the California Educational Facilities Authority to obtain them under a bill by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). The bill, AB 1668, was unanimously approved by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today.
“These colleges and universities are looking for the most cost-effective way to expand, modernize and construct facilities on their campuses and this bill will give CEFA the statutory authority to respond to the market demand,” Wieckowski said. “CEFA has long-standing relationships with these institutions, but is currently not allowed to offer these types of loans. CEFA has a solid reputation and AB 1668 will help sustain these relationships to the benefit of both taxpayers and the institutions.”
Sacramento – Assembly member Bob Wieckowski, who helped lead California’s opposition against the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, is now authoring a resolution to put the state on record disagreeing with the court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling from this April. This afternoon the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee passed Wieckowski’s House Resolution 37 on a 5-0 vote.
“The U.S. Supreme Court ignored its own precedent in McCutcheon and further eviscerated what remains of our nation’s campaign finance laws by overturning nearly 40 years of law on aggregate limits on campaign contributions,” Wieckowski said. “I believe we should vigilantly continue to address the threat to our country’s electoral integrity posed by the unbridled ability for the affluent to pay to influence elected representatives.”
Bill is the heart of legislative package put forth by residential care reform advocates
Sacramento – The California State Assembly passed a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to establish a Bill of Rights for residents in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. AB 2171, the centerpiece of a number of residential care reform bills introduced this year, passed 42-20 and now advances to the Senate.
“In 2012, the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program received over 4,000 complaints from elderly residents in residential care facilities,” Wieckowski said. “These complaints included verbal or physical abuse of elderly residents and in many occasions there was little or no action by state regulators. This bill will put a Bill of Rights into statute and give residents the ability to enforce their rights.”
AB 1710 strengthens notification requirements in the wake of Target consumer information breach
Sacramento – A bill jointly authored by Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) to expand California’s existing data breach notification law passed the state Assembly this afternoon on a 43-25 vote. AB 1710 now heads to the state Senate.
The bill was introduced earlier this year following a joint committee hearing held by the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee that focused on the massive data breaches at Target and other major retailers that affected over 110 million Americans.