Press Releases

Senator Wiener’s SB 923 – co-authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine – will set evidence-based standards for eyewitness identification to help prevent misidentifications, the leading contributor to wrongful convictions proven with DNA evidence
April 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 923 – authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County)-- which sets statewide eyewitness identification standards to help prevent misidentifications that lead to innocent people being convicted and actual perpetrators remaining free. SB 923 is sponsored by the California Innocence Coalition and the ACLU of California.

Amendments include setting broad affordability requirements, refining the definition of transit corridors to focus on high-quality, all-day bus service, excluding properties where there has been an Ellis Act eviction, and removing 85-foot allowance
April 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced amendments to Senate Bill 827, which allows for more housing near public transportation. These amendments were made in consultation with colleagues, advocates, local elected officials, and housing experts.

Coalition calls SB 827 “a critical step towards housing equity and fairness” that “should serve as a national model”
April 5, 2018

San Francisco –  Today a group of national fair housing and civil rights experts issued a joint letter supporting Senate Bill 827, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow for more housing to be built near public transportation. The letter cites SB 827 as a national model that will open up more areas for housing, break down historical patterns of segregation, and create more affordable housing near public transportation.

Project on Vallco shopping site in Cupertino invokes SB 35, which requires the city to approve new project that includes 1200 affordable homes within 180 days
March 28, 2018

San Francisco –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after a developer announced they will invoke SB 35, a streamlining bill authored by Senator Wiener, and in doing so create 2400 units – including 1200 units of affordable housing – in Cupertino. The project is located at the Vallco shopping center, where a developer has been blocked for years from moving a mixed-use project forward. A previous iteration of the project proposed only 800 housing units, which means SB 35 is leading to triple the number of housing units in Cupertino.

SB 990 requires jail and prison employees to refer to transgender individuals by their preferred gender pronouns & names, & ensures that transgender people placed in solitary confinement for their own protection have equal access to programming & services
March 22, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a new civil rights bill to ensure that transgender individuals in California jails and prisons are treated equally and with dignity. Senate Bill 990 requires correctional facilities to allow people in custody to register their preferred gender identity and first name, and also that facility staff address people by these expressed preferences.

Atkins becomes the first woman and first member of the LGBT community to serve as president of the California Senate
March 21, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after Senator Toni Atkins was officially elected to serve as the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate:

SB 916 – sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascòn – closes a loophole in the Penal Code that allows some auto burglars to escape consequences
March 20, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety Committee passed a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to close a loophole that hampers prosecutions for automobile break-ins. Senate Bill 916 allows prosecutors to prove that a defendant committed an auto burglary by showing that he or she broke a car window with the intent to commit theft.  It was passed with bipartisan support in the Senate Public Safety Committee, and now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

In this time of heightened fears of deportations, SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher -- will ensure undocumented immigrants can come forward to testify in court without fear of deportation
March 20, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly 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. Senate Bill 785 is sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and is co-authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). SB 785 was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a unanimous and bipartisan vote.

Amendments to SB 822 set comprehensive policies to protect every Internet user in California from data manipulation and economic discrimination to ensure open access to the Internet
March 14, 2018

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced new policy details to his bill to preserve net neutrality. Senate Bill 822 puts California at the national forefront of ensuring an open internet. It establishes comprehensive and enforceable net neutrality standards to ensure that all California residents have the right to choose whether, when, and for what purpose they use the internet.

Bill to create pure local control on whether to extend hours is limited to six California cities whose Mayors have expressed interest in extending alcohol sales hours: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Long Beach, and West Hollywood
March 13, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow – but not require – cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.