California Senate OKs 3 bills aimed at income inequality

May 22, 2015 3:54 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are advancing three bills to aid lower income workers who are facing bankruptcy or have their wages garnished because of unpaid debt.

Senate Democrats say the bills by Sen. Bob Wieckowski of Fremont help address the growing national problem of income inequality.

SB308 increases the dollar amounts of exemptions for homes, vehicles, household goods, life insurance and other assets that can be safeguarded during bankruptcy proceedings.

SB501 reduces the amount that can be garnished from workers' paychecks from 25 percent to 10 percent.

SB641 lets workers whose wages are being garnished argue to a judge that they were never properly notified of claims that they owed the debt.

The three bills sent to the Assembly on Friday are backed by consumer organizations and opposed by debt collectors.

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