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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wieckowski’s Wage Garnishment Bill Moves Through Senate Committee

ASSEMBLY | A bill that would alleviate some of the financial pain for those with wage garnishments passed the State Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The legislation authored by Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski was approved by the Assembly in late April.

Wieckowski’s bill would make $320 exempt from garnishment on a weekly basis. Current law only sets aside $217.50 per week in disposable earnings. “For the working poor, who live paycheck-to-paycheck, this minuscule amount is not enough to make ends meet,” said Wieckowski. “ In nearly every county in California, $217.50 a week is not even considered a living wage for a single adult with no spouse or children.”

Republicans in the Legislature argue those with judgments against them should first pay back their debt. Bankruptcy protection is also available to debtors, they say.

Thirty states have more lenient wage garnishment minimums than California, according the Senate Judiciary Committee’s analysis, while the state rank as the fifth most expensive state to live. Four of the 10 most expensive cities to live are also located in California, it added.

WIECKOWSKI HEARING ON TOXIC FURNITURE After Gov. Jerry Brown called for state regulators to look into the use of toxic flame retardants in furniture, Wieckowski, as chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, quickly called for a hearing on the matter for next week . The state mandate regulating the amount of chemicals in furniture was written in the 1970s.

It should be noted how well Wieckowski has used his chairmanship on this often-overlooked Assembly committee over the course of his first term to raise his personal profile in Sacramento. When it comes to the highly controversial issue of hydraulic fracking, Wieckowski has positioned himself as, well, the top fracker in the Legislature.

His relatively quick mastering of Sacramento politics through the issue of fracking has made himself its leading opponent. But, keep in mind, fracking is an issue which hardly occurs in the state. It’s a classic leveraging of a national domestic issue on a statewide scale. Now, Wieckowski is potentially the guy who is going to make your cleverly-designed new couch from IKEA safe from combusting underneath your ass.

10 comments :

State Senate! You're giving him too much credit. Wieckowski is widely known as a putz and a goofball. He's only good at following orders.

Bob will run for Senate and he will win!
For a first time legislator, he has taken on heavy-hitting issues that have made statewide and national headlines. He's working to give people a voice, and he's a great progressive champion. Bob surely has great things in his future!

I don't want to give the impression I'm rooting for Wieckowski, but I believe he is an up and coming politician in this area. I don't cover his district nor much south of Hayward, but I think it's important editorially to follow him. We'll see what he becomes.

How refreshing to read about a legislator actually working on bills to help us regular folk, not shoplifting, sex, or violence. Give me boring Bob and Bill Quirk anyday.
Bob is a tireless, progressive champion. He took the lead on CA opposing Citizen's United, fracking, and now poverty. He'll make a great State Senator.

He has a great sense of humor. He is more human than any politician I have met. I HOPE he runs for Senate!

Bob is a great man, to bad he kept the likes of Trisha Tahmasbi around to work for him. Bob would be even better without her and the rest of the machine.

On another note, I hope Bob runs for State Senate. He is a good man, the only thing he needs to learn is who to keep areound him to work for him.

In less than two years, Bob has accomplished more than most of our other legislators have in their entire tenure. He's a great leader, he truly cares about good policy, and he'll be our next Senator!

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