A state Senate bill working its way toward the governor’s desk would prohibit the use of wage garnishment for collecting unpaid rent and other debts from most Californians.

The bill, SB 1477 by state Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, would no longer allow wage garnishment for individuals earning $36 per hour or less. In areas of the state with a $17 per hour minimum wage, those who earn $41 per hour also would be exempt from garnishment. Additional protections would also extend to tenants making over $200,000.

Sen. Bob Wieckowski

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