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‘There ought to be a law’ contest

By Jeff Barbosa

Participate in the legislative process by Feb 15

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has announced that he is once again unveiling his annual “There Ought to be a Law” contest for citizens of the 25th Assembly District which includes the cities of Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara. The contest invites community members to submit ideas and proposals for new state legislation with the goal of improving neighborhoods and communities throughout the state of California.

“I am excited to hear from the people of the 25th Assembly District and to listen to their ideas for ways we can make a positive change in the community,” Wieckowski said. “This is a way to promote civic engagement and give people the opportunity to see the inner workings of the Capitol and the legislative process closely.”

The contest is open to residents of the 25th.Assembly District and people of all ages are encouraged to enter, especially students and youth. The contest winner will have the opportunity to travel to Sacramento, testify before an Assembly Committee on the merits of the bill, receive a commendation and have lunch with the Assemblyman.

Constituents can submit an idea and find more information at Submissions will be accepted by e-mail, mail or fax. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 15, 2013.

In 2012, the winner of the “There Ought to be a Law” contest was Dirk Lorenz, owner of Fremont Flowers. His idea was introduced as Assembly Bill 1581 and was signed by Governor Brown. The bill sought to assist local florists by combating consumer deception by large, non-local companies who use local numbers and names in their advertisements. The new law 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.

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