Press Releases

SB 71 authorizes the implementation of a solar roof mandate, which would require that panels be installed on new residential and commercial construction
May 9, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to authorize the implementation of a solar mandate, which would require solar panels to be installed on most new buildings in California.  This would make California the first state in the country to require solar installation on new construction. SB 71 has previously been approved by the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee. 

SB 785 prevents attorneys from questioning witnesses about immigration status in open court unless a judge first rules the status is relevant to the subject of the litigation, allowing undocumented immigrants to come forward without fear of deportation
May 5, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) announced a bill to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 requires that any questions 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 before.

Senator Wiener’s SB 658 will prevent judges from limiting voir dire by setting arbitrary time restrictions or restrictions on types of question
May 2, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that will help create more impartial juries by better identifying bias in the civil jury selection process. SB 658 will prevent unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions during voir dire by requiring judges to consider specific factors when setting time limits and types of questions.  SB 658 is sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Governance and Finance Committee approves SB 35, which will create more accountability to meet regional housing needs goals and streamline the production of affordable housing
April 26, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Governance and Finance Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 35 – which 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). This will expedite the construction of affordable housing. SB 35 has already been approved by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. 

Wiener has a bill in the California State Senate – SB 726 – that will enact a California Estate Tax to mirror the current federal tax if the Republicans and Donald Trump repeal the federal estate tax
April 26, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement about the proposed repeal of the federal estate tax by President Donald Trump, and the need to replace this cut with a California Estate Tax:

SB 709 will protect California waterways from dangerous tar sands oil spills; SB 740 & SB 780 will improve California’s water recycling and landscaping standards to help state reach its water conservation goals
April 19, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved three bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that will protect and conserve California’s water. These bills form a broad approach to water policy, by protecting waterways like San Francisco Bay and the California coastline from tar sands oil spills, creating a framework for onsite water reuse statewide, and establishing landscape standards to better improve water conservation.

April 19, 2017

State Senator Scott Wiener took to Medium over the weekend to pen a nearly 1,700-word essay on the merits of new market-rate housing construction in the Bay Area and California.

In piece titled “Market-Rate Housing Isn’t a Bad Word, and We Won’t Solve the Housing Crisis Without It,” Senator Wiener alleges that lawmakers and community groups show “skepticism and even hostility” toward any new construction that is not “exclusively or largely [focused] on publicly subsidized, income-based affordable housing,” creating a culture of anger toward those who want to sell new homes at market rates.

Wiener, who advocated for increases to public transit in the package, calls tripling of funding for public transportation a significant victory for California
April 7, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the Senate passed Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Transportation package.    

Senator Wiener’s SCA 6 – which requires approval at the ballot if approved by the Legislature -- sets approval threshold for local revenue measures dedicated to transportation projects to be the same as the threshold for school facilities funding measures
April 5, 2017

 Sacramento –  Today, the Senate Governance and Finance 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.

SB 71 requires solar panels to be installed on new residential and commercial construction, which will position California to continue its national leadership fighting climate change
April 4, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee approved a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to require solar panels to be installed on most new buildings in California.  SB 71 would make California the first state in the country to require solar installation on new construction.