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February 13, 2017

Freshman state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has come in with a scaled-down plan (SB35) to spur housing construction. It would put the first real teeth in a state process that identifies how much housing each city must provide at each income bracket: Those that are out of compliance would be forced to give fast-track approval to projects that fit their zoning rules.

February 13, 2017

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Soon, the threshold for passing local transportation bonds in California could be far lower, unlocking funding for countless transit needs across the Golden State.

A new transbay tube. Caltrain electrification. Miles of new subways in cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s newly introduced state constitutional amendment would make funding projects like those far easier, by lowering the threshold to pass transportation bonds from a two-thirds voter majority to 55 percent.

February 7, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Todd Gloria announced the introduction of a new bill on Monday that would update the state’s antiquated decades-old HIV discrimination laws. 

Many of the laws were drafted in the 1980s during the peak of the HIV scare, when a diagnosis was equivalent to a death sentence. There were no effective treatments for HIV and misinformation was rampant. During this time several laws were passed which would offer more serious consequences to those who were HIV positive than those who were not. 

February 2, 2017

LGBT seniors and HIV-positive people living in long-term care facilities throughout California would be protected from discrimination under a bill gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will introduce Thursday.

His bill is modeled after a policy he authored and San Francisco officials adopted in 2015 on the recommendation of the city's LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Known as a "Bill of Rights" for residents of such facilities, it barred operators from restricting or evicting residents based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Op-ed by Senator Wiener and Senator Ben Allen
January 30, 2017

California faces a transportation crisis, with gridlock, crushing commutes and significant negative impacts on our environment, economy and quality of life.

We will never solve this problem without massive, transformational investments in public transportation that make it easier for people to get around in a safe, healthy, convenient and efficient way.

January 26, 2017

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, defended the city’s protections for immigrants and called Trump’s executive orders “piece(s) of garbage,” that are “part of a steady stream of hatred that’s been coming out of our own White House since Friday.”

“Our sanctuary city status has allowed immigrant communities in San Francisco to flourish (and become) active members of their communities without fear of sweeps or being deported,” Wiener said. “It has allowed people to contact the police and not be fearful that when the police arrive, the victim of a crime is going to be detained and deported.

January 23, 2017

“When people aren’t on their meds, they get sick. And they have higher viral loads, and that means they’re more likely to infect other people,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. “It’s in everyone’s interests for people to be healthy and to have suppressed viral loads. This just isn’t a tenable or acceptable state of affairs.”

In December, Wiener sent a letter to state public health Director Karen Smith demanding that she immediately fix problems with the drug assistance program, or cancel the new operators’ contracts.

January 9, 2017

Newly sworn-in state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce legislation Monday requiring all new construction in the state to include solar panels.

The bill expands on a San Francisco city ordinance Wiener wrote while on the Board of Supervisors that requires solar panels to be put on new construction within the city, including residential and some commercial buildings. The city ordinance was passed last year and applies to any project that receives building permits after Jan. 1.

On the heels of a New York Democrat unveiling the TRUMP Act, two California state senators also want to force Trump to release his taxes if he wants to be on the state ballots.
December 19, 2016

A nascent effort by a New York State Democrat to get Donald Trump to release his taxes ahead of the 2020 election is being buoyed by California lawmakers, a state where the legislation might actually pass.

California state senators Scott Wiener and Mike McGuire are introducing the TRUMP (Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public) Act, in a state where Democrats have a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state legislature. Control of the New York state senate and the fate of the bill, introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman, remains up in the air.

December 9, 2016

As a San Francisco supervisor, Scott Wiener has made housing one of his top priorities.

That’s not going to change now that he’s a state senator.

Within hours of being sworn in this week, Wiener introduced legislation aimed at encouraging — and in some cases forcing — cities around California to approve more housing development, especially affordable projects. It’s modeled in part on a law he pushed in San Francisco and in part on a controversial failed proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown.