Press Releases

Bills prevent local and state enforcement authorities from becoming arms of federal immigration (SB 54) and create state program to fund legal protections for people facing deportation (SB 6)
April 3, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) offered the following statement in support of the passage of Senate Bill 54, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D- Los Angeles), and Senate Bill 6, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D- San Diego). SB 54, which Senator Wiener is co-authoring, prevents local and state enforcement authorities from becoming arms of federal immigration authorities. SB 6 creates a state program to fund legal protections for people facing deportation.

All five California Major League Baseball teams and a growing list of other professional sports teams support bill to deter fan interference like running onto field and throwing objects like batteries
March 30, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced a bill that will enhance the safety and security of players and coaches participating in professional sporting events in California. Senate Bill 689, the Player Safety and Security Act, will build upon existing law and strengthen penalties for individuals who run onto the field or court of play, or who throw objects into those areas in an effort to disrupt the game.

After advocating for increased public transportation funding, Wiener calls the announced agreement a “better deal for public transportation”
March 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the announcement of a proposed deal on transportation funding by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

Anti-LGBT Groups and Right-Wing Media attack SB 219 with same scare tactics used against transgender bathroom bills and other LGBT rights efforts
March 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Yesterday, the Senate Human Services Committee passed SB219, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) - the LGBT Senior Long-Term Care Bill of Rights for seniors in long term care facilities - despite attacks from anti-LGBT hate groups and the conservative media. The vote was 3-1 in committee, with Senators Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) joining Senator Wiener in support.

Senate Public Safety Committee approves SB 239 – authored by Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gloria – which reforms outdated laws enacted during a time of fear and ignorance to make them consistent with laws involving other serious communicable diseases
March 28, 2017

Sacramento – Today the Senate Public Safety voted in favor of 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.

Senator Wiener’s LOCAL Act receives support in Senate Governmental Organization Committee
March 28, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Governmental Organization Committee 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, now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee's action today represents the first time a committee of the California Legislature has ever approved this bill.

Bills to extend nightlife hours, reduce HIV infections, prevent tar sands oil spills, and require presidential tax disclosure among nine bills set to be heard in Senate Committees
March 27, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will have nine bills in Senate Committee hearings on Tuesday (3/28) and Wednesday (3/29). These bills include efforts to allow cities to extend alcohol service hours to 4 AM, to modernize HIV criminalization laws, to protect California waterways from tar sands oil spills, and to require presidential candidates to release federal tax returns to appear on the California ballot.

Senate Resolution 23 – authored by Senators Scott Wiener and Bill Dodd -- also calls for President Trump to release his tax returns to show freedom from any conflict of interest with Russia or any other entities
March 23, 2017

Today the California State Senate passed a resolution authored by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Bill Dodd (D-Napa) calling for the United States Congress to form a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate any connections between President Donald Trump and Russia. This includes appointing a special prosecutor to investigate any connection between President Trump’s administration, presidential campaign, or his business empire, and the Russian government or related business interests. SR 23 also calls for President Trump to release his tax returns in order to demonstrate he is free from any potential conflicts of interest related to the Russian government, American foreign policy interests, or economic policy prerogatives.

Southern California leaders Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, Senator Joel Anderson, Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymembers Jay Obernolte and Miguel Santiago sign on as co-authors of the LOCAL Act (SB 384)
March 9, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced growing bipartisan support for the LOCAL Act – which will allow (but not require) local communities to extend alcohol service hours in bars and restaurants up to 4 AM. Joining Senator Wiener as legislative co-authors are Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino), Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), Senator Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica), Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia), and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles).

SB 35 – which will create regional housing production and streamline the production of affordable housing -- passes first major hurdle as Senate Transportation and Housing Committee votes 7-4 in favor
March 8, 2017

Today the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) 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. At the hearing, representatives from affordable housing, renters, and business groups testified in support.