Press Releases

12 bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today and will be taken up next week by the State Senate
May 25, 2018

Sacramento–  Today the Senate Appropriations Committee passed 12 of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including bills to establish net neutrality in California, reform California’s housing allocation process, 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.

Oversight in Prop 64 has led to taxes that are crippling programs that provide free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions
May 24, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a new bill to exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions. Due to an oversight in how Prop 64 was drafted, these not-for-profit donation programs that have been serving medical cannabis patients for decades are now being forced to pay taxes meant for businesses, which are forcing these charity programs to shut down.

SCR 110 calls on the medical community to delay medically unnecessary surgeries until the individual reaches age of informed consent
May 21, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California State Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) calling on the medical community to delay medically unnecessary surgery for intersex infants until they reach an age of informed consent.

In the wake of yet another school shooting in Houston, students, elected officials, community leaders, and gun violence prevention advocates gathered to announce SB 221, which would ban all gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace
May 21, 2018

Daly City –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined students, elected officials, and gun violence prevention advocates to announce a new effort to ban gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace, a state-owned venue located in Daly City. The Cow Palace hosts gun shows a few times a year, most recently in April of this year. At that event, a group of high school students protested the gun show in hopes of ending gun sales in their community.

SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to prevent irrelevant disclosures of immigration status in court – passed the California Legislature with bipartisan support last week
May 17, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 785, which protects immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 was authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), and was approved with bipartisan support by both the Senate and the Assembly. As an urgency measure it required 2/3 approval by the Legislature, and it takes effect immediately.  

Funding proposal would meet most of the $60 million request in Senate Bill 918 – the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 – which Senator Wiener is authoring along with Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio
May 16, 2018

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after members of the State Senate announced a $5 billion housing budget proposal that  includes funding for youth homelessness proposed in Senate Bill 918.

May 10, 2018
SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to protect immigrants testifying in court – now goes to the Governor for approval
May 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California State Senate finally passed Senate Bill 785 -- a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. The bill passed in Senate by a vote of 31-6 with both Democrats and Republicans in support. SB 785 previously passed the Assembly on Monday with bipartisan vote of 67-1. 

California Energy Commission to vote today on policy requiring solar be installed on new construction – Senator Wiener passed legislation to require solar on new buildings in San Francisco & had proposed state legislation to do the same in California
May 9, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement in advance of the California Energy Commission’s decision on whether to require solar panels on new construction in California:

Governor Brown and Attorney General Becerra announce that California is leading an 18-state lawsuit to preserve vehicle emission standards
May 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced they will be leading an 18-state coalition that is suing the United State Environmental Protection Agency to preserve the nation’s single vehicle emission standard that the Trump Administration is revoking: