Press Releases

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.

June 5, 2018

“The FCC’s action left a huge void with real-life ramifications in terms of the [internet service providers] being able to pick winners and losers on the internet, which is exactly what net neutrality prohibits,” Wiener said in a phone interview with The Hill.

June 4, 2018

San Francisco  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled today in the case of the Colorado baker who refused to serve a gay couple:

June 1, 2018

Sacramento–  This week the California State Senate passed 13 of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including those to establish net neutrality in California, fix how California sets local housing goals, strengthen conservatorship laws to help people suffering on our streets, allow cities to choose to extend nightlife hours, and provide more support for homeless youth. Friday, June 1 is the deadline for any Senate bills to be passed out of the Senate.

New pilot version of the LOCAL Act - which creates pure local control on whether to extend hours - is limited to seven California cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, and Palm Springs
May 30, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate 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.

Senate Bill 822, which restores Obama-era internet protections, now moves to the Assembly for consideration
May 30, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore net neutrality passed the California State Senate today, moving California closer to re-instating the net neutrality protections put in place by the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama in 2015. These protections were repealed by the FCC under President Trump in December.

SB 1021 extends expiring drug pricing protections that cap monthly co-pays and set drug pricing standards, and also ensures these pricing protections apply to HIV/AIDS prevention drugs
May 29, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, the State Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 1021, which will keep out-of-pocket drug costs low for consumers by preserving and strengthening existing drug pricing protections. SB 1021 does this by extending drug co-pay limits and prescription drug pricing standards put in place in 2015 under a bill (AB 339) authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2019. SB 1021 also strengthens these protections, including by ensuring these pricing protections apply to HIV prevention drugs.