Press Releases

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
In response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented refusal to share basic information with American public, new bill will require that all presidential candidates release tax returns in order to appear on California ballot
December 19, 2016

Today California State Senators Scott Wiener and Mike McGuire announced that they will be co-authoring legislation to require that any future presidential or vice-presidential candidate must make their tax returns public to appear on the California ballot. The two Senators are offering the legislation in response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns to the American public, despite the fact that presidential candidates have been doing so voluntarily for decades.

Senate Bill 35 will streamline production of affordable housing and create more accountability to meet regional housing needs goals
December 9, 2016

On Tuesday, December 5th, Senator Wiener introduced Senate Bill 35, the Housing Affordability and Accountability bill, which will streamline the production of affordable housing and spur the construction of housing throughout California. Senate Bill 35 will remove local barriers to creating affordable housing, as well as barriers in jurisdictions failing to build housing needed to meet Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals. SB 35 includes a provision that all these requirements are subject to the payment of prevailing wages to workers building the housing.