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The State Senate voted 23-8 to approve AB 1014, the Gun Violence Restraining Order bill, which would allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from someone temporarily if they believe there is a likelihood of injury or death. The bill was introduced following the rampage in Isla Vista that left six people dead and 13 injured. The bill is authored by Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner, Das Williams and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, and co-authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and others. In the photo above, Wieckowski and Skinner listen to speaker Amanda Wilcox, legislative chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Wilcox’s daughter was killed in Nevada County by a man battling mental illness. Behind her are Richard Martinez and Bob Weiss, two parents of UC Santa Barbara students killed in the Isla Vista shootings.
Landmark legislation comes after series of stories detailing neglect, abuse and mistreatment
Sacramento – The California State Assembly today voted 55-16 to approve a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would create a Bill of Rights for seniors in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly to ensure their basic dignity and autonomy. AB 2171, which is supported by a large number of senior and consumer groups, now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our seniors and it moves us another step closer to raising the standard of care in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly,” Wieckowski said. “For the first time, we would have in statute a set of rights for RCFE residents that cover informed consent, financial management, privacy, adequate staffing and other issues. It is an important bill about protecting our mothers and fathers and our grandparents.”
Assemblymember Wieckowski’s bills will help victims of cyber retaliation and data breaches
Sacramento – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to provide a direct civil remedy for victims whose private, intimate images were distributed without their consent was approved overwhelmingly today by the California State Assembly on a 73-0 vote. AB 2643 heads to Governor Brown for his consideration.
“This bill will enhance protection of women, who are increasingly being humiliated and harassed by the public distribution of private images without their consent,” Wieckowski said. “This type of deplorable action often leads to additional harassment and sometimes stalking of the victims. My bill is supported by Attorney General Kamala Harris, others in law enforcement, domestic violence prevention organizations and women’s groups because it would allow plaintiffs to use a pseudonym to protect their identity and to seek injunctions to take down the intimate images.”
Wieckowski’s AB 2643 will help revenge porn victims pursue civil remedies, restraining orders and injunctions
Sacramento – The California State Senate today approved a bill authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and supported by Attorney General Kamala Harris, Crime Victims United and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence that will allow victims whose intimate images are distributed without their consent to pursue civil remedies pseudonymously. The bill, AB 2643, passed 36-0 and now heads back to the Assembly for final approval before going to Governor Jerry Brown.
“The victims, who are primarily women, currently have to show intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy or other arguments that are often harder to prove,” Wieckowski said. “This bill creates a more focused remedy to better protect women from the devastating consequences of this form of cyber retaliation. It also would help prevent the embarrassment, humiliation and harassment associated with having private intimate images distributed in public.”
Awardees to be recognized at Assemblymember’s Annual State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony
Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking nominations for local heroes – volunteers and leaders making a positive difference in their community – who will be recognized at his State of the 25th Assembly District Address and Awards Ceremony. The nomination forms are available now and are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 25. The Address and Awards Ceremony will take place from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 25 at SanDisk in Milpitas, located at 951 SanDisk Drive.
“There are many unsung heroes in any number of fields who contribute an enormous amount of time to improve their communities,” Wieckowski said. “This is my way of highlighting their work and thanking them for helping people in the 25th Assembly District. This is the fourth year I’ve held this ceremony and I am looking for nominees from Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara.”
Sacramento – Two bills authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to improve the eligibility process for Cal Grants and to require arbitration companies to publish additional information about the cases they administer were approved with bipartisan support in the state Assembly this morning and will now go before the Governor for his consideration.
AB 1590 implements a recommendation by the Legislative Analyst Office to move the loan default and graduation rate certification date of universities from October 1 to November 1 to coincide with the U.S. Department of Education schedule for posting graduation rates. The bill also requires the state Student Aid Commission to use the most recently available graduation rate when determining eligibility for Cal Grants. It also requires the use of the more widely used Stafford Loan Program rather than the Perkins Loan Program.
Sacramento – The state Senate today approved two bills by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), one that would improve the certification process for higher education institutions seeking to participate in the Cal Grant program and another to make it easier for the public to search through information on private arbitration company cases. Both bills now head back to the Assembly for final approval.
“AB 1590 is cleanup legislation that follows the accountability measures the Legislature approved in the 2011 and 2012 budget acts to make sure Cal Grant money is being invested in colleges and universities that meet our standards,” Wieckowski said. “The state should not reward failing academic institutions that are adding to our student debt crisis without delivering a solid education to our students.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The $7.5 billion water package brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders signals a rare bipartisan agreement on a thorny, politically divisive issue that has bedeviled California governors and lawmakers for decades.
To get sign-off from the dizzying array of interests, Brown hunkered down with lawmakers from both parties behind closed doors for the past few weeks, finally giving Republicans more of the funding for reservoirs and water storage they have long sought.
Los Angeles – Members of three California State Assembly Committees held an informational hearing today to examine the legal and policy implications of expanded drone use in California. The hearing was titled, “Drones in our Future: Opportunity and Privacy Considerations,” and was held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) faculty center.
Presiding over the hearing was Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy, Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary.
Milpitas – Milpitas student volunteers who have dedicated hours of their summer to tutor fellow students as part of the MATHeasy program were honored Friday afternoon with certificates from Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). The MATHeasy event to recognize the volunteers’ efforts was held in the Milpitas Library. Wieckowski aide Andrae Macapinlac represented the Assemblymember at the event. Wieckowski was unable to attend because he was participating at a legislative hearing on drones at UCLA.
“Under the leadership of Ivy Pham, these students have done a tremendous job of volunteering their time to tutor students at local schools and libraries,” Wieckowski said. “Their dedication and commitment to this program and their fellow students is truly admirable. Ivy has done a wonderful job of creating this program and nurturing it during her time at Milpitas High.”