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September 4, 2012 > Wieckowski bills approved by Assembly

Wieckowski bills approved by Assembly

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

The California State Assembly passed three bills by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) on August 22, 2012, including one to increase the proportion of wages protected from garnishment. All three bills now go to the Governor for his consideration.

AB 1775 passed the Assembly floor 49-27. The bill increases wages protected from garnishment from $217.50 a week to $320 a week.

"This is an important increase for families struggling to make ends meet," Wieckowski said. "It provides a modest increase that could mean the ability to cover both groceries and rent."

The Assembly also passed Wieckowski's AB 819 on a 53-22 vote. The bill amends the Streets and Highways Code. The current Highway Design Manual does not include many bikeway designs that have been tested and proven to work elsewhere in the United States, such as bi-directional cycle-ways, multi-use paths and green bike lanes.

Wieckowski's AB 1680, approved by the Assembly on a 53-17 vote, removes restraints on California public companies in stock-for-stock transactions. Currently, if the holders of more than five percent of the shares dissent, the acquirer will need to pay the dissenting shareholders an amount in cash equal to the fair market value of such shares. Under AB 1680, the five percent exception is removed so that a dissenting shareholder would simply sell his or her shares on the public market to receive cash.

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