Press Releases

SB 35 streamlines the creation of critically need housing and ensures that all communities are accountable for meeting our housing needs
June 1, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate approved Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 35 – which will create a streamlined approval process for housing in cities that are not meeting their housing goals required by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). This streamlining will expedite the construction of critically needed housing. SB 35 was approved by a vote of 25-12, receiving support from both Democrats and Republicans, including from co-authors Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), and Andy Vidak (R-Hanford.)

Senate approves SB 239 – authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Todd Gloria – which reforms outdated laws enacted during a time of fear and ignorance to make them more consistent with laws involving other serious communicable diseases
May 31, 2017

Sacramento – Today the Senate passed a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that will modernize laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV.  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.

The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

With bipartisan support, Senator Wiener’s LOCAL (Let Our Communities Adjust Late-night) Act becomes the first bill ever to pass the Senate to allow – but not require – local communities to extend alcohol sales hours in bars and restaurants past 2 AM
May 31, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate 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 AM. The LOCAL Act, which stands for Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night, applies to bars and restaurants, but not to retail establishments.

As President Trump seeks to slash federal food assistance programs, Senator Wiener's SB 278 and 282 strengthen California's Cal Fresh (food stamps) program and employment programs for our lowest income residents
May 31, 2017

Sacramento – Today the California Senate passed two bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to strengthen food access and employment and training programs for low-income residents, while also protecting recipients from any gross negligence by government administration. SB 278 and SB 282 were passed by a unanimous vote, and will now move to the Assembly for consideration.

SB 219 guarantees protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities so they don’t face discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status
May 31, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the California Senate passed SB 219, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Equality California. SB 219 is the LGBT Senior Long-Term Care Bill of Rights for seniors in long-term care facilities. The bill passed by a vote of 26-12, and will now move to the Assembly for consideration.

SB 71 & SB 700 will dramatically increase rooftop solar and transform the energy storage market to provide 24-hour solar power in California so that all communities benefit from clean, renewable energy
May 31, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, the Senate approved two bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to dramatically expand and transform California’s use of solar energy and meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. SB 71 will expand rooftop solar, and SB 700 will provide customer rebates for installing energy storage systems, which will allow solar energy to be used at night. SB 700 also ensures that energy storage investments will be made in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities.

Bills to be voted on next by the Senate include bills to streamline the production of housing, expand use of solar power, protect LGBT seniors, strengthen food access programs, and allow communities extend the sale of alcohol sales to 4 AM
May 25, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to address California’s housing shortage, dramatically expand the use of solar power, guarantee rights for LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities, strengthen food access for low-income communities, modernize HIV criminalize laws, and allow communities to choose to extend the sale of alcohol as late as 4 AM in bars and restaurants. These bills will go to the full Senate for a vote next week, with the deadline for passage being June 2.

May 22, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Government’s decision to fund Caltrain modernization:

“Today’s decision by the Federal Government to honor its commitment to fund Caltrain modernization is a huge win for transit riders, the Bay Area’s economy and environment, and public transportation generally. The Bay Area can’t succeed without a strong and robust public transportation system, and Caltrain is a key part of that system. I’m thrilled with this step forward.”

SB 785 prevents attorneys from questioning witnesses about their immigration status in open court unless a judge rules the status is relevant to the subject of the litigation, allowing undocumented immigrants to come forward without fear of deportation
May 16, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety 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.

SCA 6 – which requires approval at the ballot if approved by the Legislature -- would set approval threshold for local revenue measures dedicated to transportation projects to be the same as the threshold for school facilities funding measures
May 10, 2017

Sacramento –  Yesterday, the Transportation and Housing Committee approved Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 introduced by Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) 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.