Press Releases

Senators adjourn Senate Session in memory of Chinese Community leader who passed away recently at the age of 80
June 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senators Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of Arnold C. Lee of Millbrae, who died at the age of 80 on June 23. Arnold was a leader in the Chinese community, including serving as president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and as a board member of the Lee Family Association and of the Central Chinese High School in America.

Assembly Committee on Local Government approves SB 35, which streamlines the creation of critically need housing and ensures that all communities are accountable for meeting our housing needs
June 28, 2017

Sacramento – Today, Senate Bill 35, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to address California’s housing shortage, cleared a key Assembly Committee, an important step as the bill makes its way through the State Assembly after passing the Senate earlier this month.

SB 458 authorizes creation of five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to have more flexible recycling programs that relieve small businesses of requirement to accept recycling for redemption
June 21, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee passed a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to fix state recycling laws that are negatively impacting small businesses across California. SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program.

Included as a budget trailer bill, the Cannabis Safe Payment Act allows cannabis business owners to pay state taxes/fees at offices located throughout the state, thus avoiding need to travel long distances with suitcases of cash
June 16, 2017

Sacramento – Yesterday, the California Legislature approved the Cannabis Safe Payment Act as part of the California Budget. Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) partnered with Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma (who sponsored the bill) to introduce Senate Bill 148 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.

Senator Wiener recognized the three men – Wayne Chan, Michael Lefiti, and Benson Louie - who were killed in a shooting at San Francisco UPS facility on June 14
June 15, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of the three victims of yesterday’s shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco. In speaking of Wayne Chan, 56, of San Francisco, Benson Louie, 50, of San Francisco, and Michael Lefiti, 46, of Hercules, Senator Wiener said:

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.