Press Releases

In light of closures of numerous recycling center, pilot program authorized by SB 458 allows for mobile recycling centers, thus relieving small businesses of burden of being required to accept reyclng for redemption
February 16, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of legislation to allow San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program - specifically, to allow mobile recycling centers to qualify as full recycling centers under California law and thus to relieve surrounding small businesses of the onerous obligation of having to accept recycling for redemption.

The LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night) allows, but does not require, local governments to extend hours of alcohol service beyond 2 AM and up until 4 AM, limited to areas zoned for late-night entertainment
February 15, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night) to allow, but not require, local governments to extend alcohol service hours to a specified time between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m for bars and restaurants. Under Senate Bill 384, the decision for how and where to implement any extension of alcohol service hours would be up to the local jurisdiction, with approval by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC).

Amendment to the State Constitution would set approval threshold for local revenue measures dedicated to transportation projects to be the same as the threshold for school facilities funding measures
February 13, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) announced the introduction of a Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 to set the voter approval threshold for transportation funding measures at 55%, down from the current threshold of 2/3, or 66.6%. This would put transportation funding measures on the same level as school funding measures, which were set at 55% by California voters in the year 2000. SCA 6 requires a 2/3 approval in the state legislature to be placed on the ballot, where it then requires majority approval by the voters.

Two bills introduced today – SB 278 and SB 282 – will both improve the state’s CalFresh program which distributes federal food assistance funds and provides employment and training assistance, while also protecting recipients from gross negligence by gove
February 9, 2017

Contact: Jeff Cretan, jeff.cretan@sen.ca.gov

February 7, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement in response to recent threats by President Donald Trump against state legislators, federal judges, public universities, cities, and states:

Equality California, Positive Women's Network - USA, ACLU and others join in support of bill to reform outdated laws enacted during a time of fear and ignorance to make them more consistent with laws involving other serious communicable diseases
February 6, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) introduced a bill to modernize laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV. Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is also a co-author of the bill. Senate Bill 239 would amend California’s HIV criminalization laws, enacted in the 1980s and ‘90s at a time of fear and ignorance about HIV and its transmission, to make them consistent with laws involving other serious communicable diseases.

SB 219 will strengthen protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status
February 2, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced the introduction of SB 219, the California LGBT Seniors Long-Term Care Bill of Rights, which will strengthen protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status. The bill would protect all seniors living in skilled nursing facilities, immediate care facilities, and residential care facilities. Equality California is sponsoring the legislation, and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is co-authoring the legislation.

The HEAL (Help End Antiretroviral-related Lipodystrophy) Act will require insurance companies and Medi-Cal to cover treatment of lipodystrophy, which is the result of effective but highly toxic early HIV medications
January 31, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will introduce the HEAL (Help End Antiretroviral-related Lipodystrophy) Act which will require insurance companies, as well as government programs, to cover medical treatment for lipodystrophy, a fat-redistribution condition impacting many HIV-positive people who took life-saving early HIV medication that were highly toxic in this regard. Equality California is sponsoring the bill.

January 26, 2017

With help from Equality California and the Transgender Law Center, Senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced the introduction of legislation, SB 179 – The Gender Recognition Act of 2017, that will enable more transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to obtain state-issued identity documents that accurately reflect their gender.

January 25, 2017

Today, Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order calling for the blocking of federal funds to sanctuary cities.