Press Releases

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.

SB 35 will create more accountability to meet regional housing needs goals and streamline the production of affordable housing
January 23, 2017
Today, Senator Scott Wiener released a detailed description of Senate Bill 35 – the Housing Accountability and Affordability Act – which he first introduced in December. SB 35 will create a streamlined approval process for housing when cities are not meeting the housing creation goals required by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which will expedite the construction of affordable housing.
Legislation will allow cannabis business owners to pay state taxes/fees at either state or local tax collector offices, thus avoiding need to travel long distances with suitcases of cash in light of federal ban on cannabis businesses using bank accounts
January 17, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), in collaboration with Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma (who is sponsoring the bill), will introduce legislation - the Cannabis Safe Payment Act - 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.

January 13, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener offered the following statement on the news that City College of San Francisco has secured full accreditation for seven years.

In the face of an incoming Trump administration hostile to environmental protections, Wiener’s renewable energy ordinance will make California the first state in the country to require solar power on new buildings
January 9, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to require the installation of solar power on new residential and commercial buildings constructed in California. This legislation would make California the first state in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction, and will keep California at the forefront of the fight against climate change as the incoming Trump Administration signals a hostile relationship to environmental protections and policies.

Law authored by Senator Wiener when he was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors creates most expansive paid parental leave in the country, providing San Francisco workers 6 weeks of fully paid leave
January 3, 2017

San Francisco – Today Senator Scott Wiener offered the following statement about San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Law going into effect. He authored the law last year as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors:

“I’m so proud that San Francisco is leading the country in requiring fully paid parental leave for the people who work in our great city,” said Senator Wiener. “There are so many challenges for people trying to raise families, and choosing between taking care of a newborn and collecting a paycheck should not be one of them. I hope this law challenges our nation, states, and other cities across the country to find ways to expand paid parental leave for workers and families, especially in this time of rising income inequality.”

Cites ability to focus on transportation, housing, and climate change issues on key committee assignments
December 21, 2016

Today the California State Senate Leadership announced Senate Committee assignments for the 2016-2017. Senator Scott Wiener will serve on the following committees:

  • Human Services (Chair)
  • Transportation and Housing
  • Energy, Utilities, and Communications
  • Appropriations
  • Public Safety