Press Releases

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Asm. Wicks Announces Bill to Address Racial Healthcare Disparities

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

OAKLAND — To begin addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) is taking the lead and working with frontline healthcare workers in SEIU-United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW) to champion the Race & Healthcare Transparency Act (AB 1204). This bill would establish the collection of data on patient health outcomes by race, ethnicity, and other vulnerable demographic groups to ensure providers are delivering equal care for all.

California Lawmakers Announce EDD Reform Bills

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

SACRAMENTO – A group of California lawmakers announced a package of legislation today to bring necessary reforms and oversight to the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) unemployment insurance (UI) program. The bills would enact crucial oversight and consumer protection measures, ensure claimants get timely access to benefits, and address fraud.

Statement on Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2021-22 Budget

Friday, January 8, 2021


Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) today issued the following statement on Governor Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal: 

“As our State begins its economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m encouraged by the Governor’s priorities and proposed investments to support Californians hardest hit by its impacts. This year’s budget, necessarily, looks very different from last year’s – and helping working families recover from the pandemic must be the lens through which all decisions are made. 

Joint Statement by Senator Skinner, Assemblymembers Bonta, Wicks on Six-County Bay Area Stay-at-Home Order

Monday, March 16, 2020

Oakland – Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) issued the following joint statement on the six-county Bay Area Stay-at-Home order:

“During these unprecedented times, it is important that we take care of one another and make decisions that are in the best interest of public health. 

California Lawmakers Announce Measures to Protect Renters and Combat Housing Crisis

Monday, March 18, 2019

A group of California lawmakers and advocates announced multiple proposals today to address California's housing crisis by giving tenants throughout the state greater protections. The bills would give localities more flexibility to stabilize rental prices, protect tenants across the state from large rent increases, prevent unfair evictions, and collect data about the California rental market.

Wicks’ AB 1760 “Privacy for All” to Expand Consumer Protections for Personal Information

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sacramento, Calif. — Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) is championing AB 1760, “Privacy for All” to strengthen California’s consumer privacy laws by giving consumers additional control of how their personal information is shared and tools to hold companies accountable.