Press Releases

SB 71 & SB 700 will dramatically increase rooftop solar and transform the energy storage market to provide 24-hour solar power in California so that all communities benefit from clean, renewable energy
May 31, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, the Senate approved two bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to dramatically expand and transform California’s use of solar energy and meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. SB 71 will expand rooftop solar, and SB 700 will provide customer rebates for installing energy storage systems, which will allow solar energy to be used at night. SB 700 also ensures that energy storage investments will be made in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities.

Bills to be voted on next by the Senate include bills to streamline the production of housing, expand use of solar power, protect LGBT seniors, strengthen food access programs, and allow communities extend the sale of alcohol sales to 4 AM
May 25, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to address California’s housing shortage, dramatically expand the use of solar power, guarantee rights for LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities, strengthen food access for low-income communities, modernize HIV criminalize laws, and allow communities to choose to extend the sale of alcohol as late as 4 AM in bars and restaurants. These bills will go to the full Senate for a vote next week, with the deadline for passage being June 2.

May 22, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Government’s decision to fund Caltrain modernization:

“Today’s decision by the Federal Government to honor its commitment to fund Caltrain modernization is a huge win for transit riders, the Bay Area’s economy and environment, and public transportation generally. The Bay Area can’t succeed without a strong and robust public transportation system, and Caltrain is a key part of that system. I’m thrilled with this step forward.”

SB 785 prevents attorneys from questioning witnesses about their immigration status in open court unless a judge rules the status is relevant to the subject of the litigation, allowing undocumented immigrants to come forward without fear of deportation
May 16, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 requires that any discussion or questioning 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.

SCA 6 – which requires approval at the ballot if approved by the Legislature -- would set approval threshold for local revenue measures dedicated to transportation projects to be the same as the threshold for school facilities funding measures
May 10, 2017

Sacramento –  Yesterday, the Transportation and Housing 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 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: