Press Releases

Proposal includes key original provisions from SB 822 including banning access fees, maintaining net neutrality at point of interconnection, prohibiting anti-competitive zero-rating products, and joining SB 460 to protect state contracting
July 5, 2018

Sacramento Today, California legislators announced a deal to move forward a proposal to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections that were repealed under Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission in early June. Senate Bill 822, introduced by Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco) earlier this year, was amended two weeks ago in the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee.

SB 900 - the California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project - makes California-grown fruits and vegetables more affordable for low-income Californians under the CalFresh program while also supporting California farmers
July 3, 2018

Sacramento – Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to make California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for CalFresh recipients was signed into law last week by Governor Brown as part of this year’s budget. Senate Bill 900 established the CalFresh Fruit and Vegetables EBT Pilot Project which will help low-income Californians purchase healthier food by allowing CalFresh recipients to earn extra CalFresh funds by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in California.

New pilot version of the LOCAL Act - which creates pure local control on whether to extend hours - is limited to seven California cities whose Mayors have expressed interest in extending alcohol sales hours
June 28, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow – but not require – cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m. SB 905 previously passed the State Senate in May, and now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which must approve the bill by August 17th.

SB 1045 allows San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to create new conservatorship programs focused on providing supportive housing and wraparound social services for homeless people too incapacitated to care for themselves
June 28, 2018

Sacramento – Today a bill by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) to expand and strengthen California conservatorship laws passed its final Assembly policy committee.  Senate Bill 1045 establishes a five year pilot program that authorizes San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to create a new conservatorship focused on chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders, and who cannot care for themselves.

SB 828 fixes the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process, which is a crucial tool in making sure all cities in California are working to create their fair share of housing
June 27, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to fix California’s process for setting housing goals in all cities passed its final Assembly policy committee. Senate Bill 828 creates a more data-driven and less political Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process, which sets the number of both affordable and market-rate units that every city in California needs to create every eight years.

After SB 822 was gutted in the Assembly Communications & Conveyance Committee last week, Senator Wiener asked for the amended bill to be moved to allow negotiations to continue on restoring Obama-era internet protections proposed in the original bill
June 26, 2018

Sacramento–  Today the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee passed Senate Bill 822, which Senator Scott Wiener introduced to restore net neutrality in California. The version of SB 822 passed by committee today was on that had all the major protections removed from it last week in the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee.

SB 822, which was gutted in committee last week, is scheduled for a hearing today in the Assembly Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee
June 26, 2018

Sacramento – Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement about the next steps for Senate Bill 822, his bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections in California. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee today. Last week, the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee made amendments that gutted key provisions of SB 822 over Senator Wiener’s objections:

Assembly Committee eviscerated California’s net neutrality effort, led by Senators Wiener and De Leon, by passing hostile amendments to remove key protections from SB 822 before the bill even had a hearing
June 20, 2018

Sacramento – Today the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee gutted Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections in California. The hostile amendments to Senate Bill 822 were made before the bill even had a hearing, which goes against standard practice. Senator Wiener’s statement:

SB 822 (Wiener) and SB 460 (de Leon) will be amended today to link to one another and be complementary, while retaining full net neutrality protections contained in the two bills
June 18, 2018

Sacramento - Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) announced that they are joining their respective net neutrality bills - SB 822 (Wiener) and SB 460 (de Leon) - to form one unified legislative effort to pass strong net neutrality protections in California. The two bills are being formally linked to one another so that both must be signed into law for either to take effect.

AB 931 changes the standards when law enforcement officers can use lethal force
June 12, 2018

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Bill 931, by Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento):

“Too many people, particularly young black men, are being shot by law enforcement officers. We must reduce the number of police shootings, which we can do without impairing the ability of our officers to keep our communities, and themselves, safe.