Press Releases

Senate Bill 822 will restore Obama-era internet protections that were repealed under Trump, including establishing brightline rules governing fast lanes and zero rating that will be enforced by the office of the Attorney General
April 17, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore net neutrality in California passed its first legislative committee today. Senate Bill 822 puts California at the national forefront of ensuring an open internet by establishing comprehensive and enforceable net neutrality standards to ensure that all California residents have the right to choose whether, when, and for what purpose they use the internet. SB 822 passed by a final vote of 8-3.

Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, which represents over 750 affordable housing developers and advocates, support Senator Wiener’s SB 827
April 13, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to create more housing near public transportation has received a key endorsement from a major affordable housing group. The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), which represents over 750 affordable housing developers and advocates, announced in letter that it supports SB 827, which will prevent small and mid-sized multi-unit buildings from being banned near public transportation. 

Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, California mayors, small businesses, internet start-ups, public interest groups, and almost 53,000 California residents register support for Senate Bill 822 to restore net neutrality in California
April 12, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore net neutrality in California has gained key support from elected leaders, organizations, businesses, and almost 53,000 California residents. These supporters include Tom Wheeler, who served as Chair of the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama and wrote the 2015 Open Internet Order.

SB 990 requires jail and prison employees to refer to transgender people by their preferred gender pronouns and names, and ensures that transgender people placed in solitary confinement for their protection have equal access to programming and services
April 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety Committee approved the Dignity and Opportunity Act, a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to expand civil rights protections for transgender individuals in California jails and prisons. This includes creating certain gender identity rights and preventing exclusion from programming and work opportunities.

SB 990 was passed by a bipartisan 6-0 vote, and now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing.

Senator Wiener’s SB 923 – co-authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine – will set evidence-based standards for eyewitness identification to help prevent misidentifications, the leading contributor to wrongful convictions proven with DNA evidence
April 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 923 – authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County)-- which sets statewide eyewitness identification standards to help prevent misidentifications that lead to innocent people being convicted and actual perpetrators remaining free. SB 923 is sponsored by the California Innocence Coalition and the ACLU of California.

Amendments include setting broad affordability requirements, refining the definition of transit corridors to focus on high-quality, all-day bus service, excluding properties where there has been an Ellis Act eviction, and removing 85-foot allowance
April 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced amendments to Senate Bill 827, which allows for more housing near public transportation. These amendments were made in consultation with colleagues, advocates, local elected officials, and housing experts.

Coalition calls SB 827 “a critical step towards housing equity and fairness” that “should serve as a national model”
April 5, 2018

San Francisco –  Today a group of national fair housing and civil rights experts issued a joint letter supporting Senate Bill 827, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow for more housing to be built near public transportation. The letter cites SB 827 as a national model that will open up more areas for housing, break down historical patterns of segregation, and create more affordable housing near public transportation.

Project on Vallco shopping site in Cupertino invokes SB 35, which requires the city to approve new project that includes 1200 affordable homes within 180 days
March 28, 2018

San Francisco –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after a developer announced they will invoke SB 35, a streamlining bill authored by Senator Wiener, and in doing so create 2400 units – including 1200 units of affordable housing – in Cupertino. The project is located at the Vallco shopping center, where a developer has been blocked for years from moving a mixed-use project forward. A previous iteration of the project proposed only 800 housing units, which means SB 35 is leading to triple the number of housing units in Cupertino.

SB 990 requires jail and prison employees to refer to transgender individuals by their preferred gender pronouns & names, & ensures that transgender people placed in solitary confinement for their own protection have equal access to programming & services
March 22, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a new civil rights bill to ensure that transgender individuals in California jails and prisons are treated equally and with dignity. Senate Bill 990 requires correctional facilities to allow people in custody to register their preferred gender identity and first name, and also that facility staff address people by these expressed preferences.

Atkins becomes the first woman and first member of the LGBT community to serve as president of the California Senate
March 21, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after Senator Toni Atkins was officially elected to serve as the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate: