Press Releases

SB 785 – authored by Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher -- prevents attorneys from questioning witnesses about their immigration status in open court unless a judge first rules that the status is relevant to the subject of the litigation
July 18, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 requires that any discussion or questioning about the immigration status of any witness, victim, or defendant first be deemed by a judge to be relevant to the subject of the litigation.

SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to have more flexible recycling programs
July 13, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the State Senate passed a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to fix state recycling laws that are negatively impacting small businesses across California. SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program.

SB 35, which streamlines the creation of critically need housing and ensures that all communities are accountable for meeting our housing needs, clears its last policy committee
July 12, 2017

Sacramento – Today, Senate Bill 35, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to address California’s housing shortage, was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee in the bill’s final policy committee hearing. SB 35 will next be voted on by the full Assembly, which could happen as early as next week.

July 6, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) offered the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 2, which authorizes a fee on real estate transfers that will be used  to fund affordable housing. Senator Wiener is a co-author of SB 2, along with lead author Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). SB 2 now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

With bipartisan support, Senator Wiener’s LOCAL Act to allow – but not require – local communities to extend alcohol sales hours in bars, nightclubs, and restaurants past 2 a.m. moves to Assembly Appropriations Committee
July 5, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee approved Senate Bill 384, a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener to allow – but not require – local communities to extend alcohol service to as late as 4 a.m. The LOCAL Act, which stands for Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night, applies to bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, but not to liquor stores.

Senators adjourn Senate Session in memory of Chinese Community leader who passed away recently at the age of 80
June 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senators Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of Arnold C. Lee of Millbrae, who died at the age of 80 on June 23. Arnold was a leader in the Chinese community, including serving as president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and as a board member of the Lee Family Association and of the Central Chinese High School in America.

Assembly Committee on Local Government approves SB 35, which streamlines the creation of critically need housing and ensures that all communities are accountable for meeting our housing needs
June 28, 2017

Sacramento – Today, Senate Bill 35, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to address California’s housing shortage, cleared a key Assembly Committee, an important step as the bill makes its way through the State Assembly after passing the Senate earlier this month.

SB 458 authorizes creation of five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to have more flexible recycling programs that relieve small businesses of requirement to accept recycling for redemption
June 21, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee passed a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to fix state recycling laws that are negatively impacting small businesses across California. SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program.

Included as a budget trailer bill, the Cannabis Safe Payment Act allows cannabis business owners to pay state taxes/fees at offices located throughout the state, thus avoiding need to travel long distances with suitcases of cash
June 16, 2017

Sacramento – Yesterday, the California Legislature approved the Cannabis Safe Payment Act as part of the California Budget. Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) partnered with Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma (who sponsored the bill) to introduce Senate Bill 148 to make it safer and simpler for cannabis business owners to pay state fees and taxes, encouraging compliance with state laws and providing support for business owners.

Senator Wiener recognized the three men – Wayne Chan, Michael Lefiti, and Benson Louie - who were killed in a shooting at San Francisco UPS facility on June 14
June 15, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of the three victims of yesterday’s shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco. In speaking of Wayne Chan, 56, of San Francisco, Benson Louie, 50, of San Francisco, and Michael Lefiti, 46, of Hercules, Senator Wiener said: