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October 2, 2012 > Bills help bankrupts and local floral shops

Bills help bankrupts and local floral shops

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) on September 27, 2012 to help people in bankruptcy recover from financial insolvency and to combat misleading advertising that hurts local floral shops.

The mortgage meltdown and the recession during the past few years have forced many Californians to declare bankruptcy. Given that the current level of debtor exemptions available to them is insufficient, Wieckowski authored AB 929.

For example, the debtor's exemption for a vehicle increases from $2,775 to $4,800. The exemption for the debtor's aggregate interest in tools, instruments, materials, equipment and other tools of the trade used by the debtor or their spouse in their respective professions increases by $1,750.

The Governor also signed AB 1581, a bill to crack down on misleading advertising by large floral companies. It is widely supported by small floral companies throughout California.

"This bill says a company may not misrepresent the geographical location of a business selling flowers or floral arrangements," Wieckowski said. "It requires floral retailers who use local phone numbers or a local name to include their address and notice of their place of business in their advertisements. It provides more information for consumers who want to buy from local businesses."

The bill was this year's selection in Assemblymember Wieckowski's "There Ought to be a Law" constituent contest. It was proposed by Dirk Lorenz, the owner of Fremont Flowers.

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