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Senate Transportation and Housing Committee to hear SB 35, which will create more accountability to meet regional housing needs goals and streamline the production of affordable housing
March 7, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee will vote on 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), which will expedite the construction of affordable housing. At the hearing, representatives from affordable housing developers, renter advocates, and business groups will testify in support.

WHEN:           Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30pm

SR 23 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 7, 2017

Sacramento  Yesterday Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a resolution in the State Senate calling for 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.

SB 576 will require demographic data of prospective jurors be gathered to determine if the jury selection process is not adequately reflecting the cross-section of the community, particularly regarding minority representation
March 5, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of a bill that will reform the jury selection process to create a more equitable justice system. Senate Bill 576 will require that demographic data be gathered from all who report for jury duty to ensure that California’s juries are being selected from a representative cross-section of the community. Without this data, there is no way to evaluate the racial and ethnic diversity of jury selection pools.

SB 709 requires that any transport of non-floating oils in California waterways be prohibited unless a clean-up contingency plan is developed, including identifying an organization capable of responding to a spill of these oils
March 3, 2017

Sacramento -- Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill to protect California’s waterways from dangerous spills of tar sands oil. California has laws to prevent and prepare for “conventional” oil spills that can be cleaned up from the surface of the water. These laws do not take into account oils like those derived from tar sands that will sink to the bottom of waterways and contaminate entire aquatic ecosystems. These oils are hard, if not impossible, to clean up after a spill.

SB 740 & SB 780 will improve California’s water reuse and landscaping standards to help state reach its water conservation goals
February 24, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener announced the introduction of two bills that will strengthen California’s water recycling and conservation efforts by developing statewide water reuse regulations and conservation-based landscaping design standards. Senate Bill 740 requires the establishment of a regulatory framework, including health standards, for non-potable water used in irrigation and toilet flushing, thus encouraging and helping local jurisdictions to develop local water reuse programs.

Sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California Walks, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, SB 760 will require Caltrans to make roads safer for people walking and bicycling
February 22, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined a coalition of transportation and health advocates to announce the introduction of SB 760, which will prioritize the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on roads owned and managed by Caltrans in cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Measure will remove California ban on estate taxes, enact a state-level estate tax mirroring the likely-to-be-repealed federal estate tax, and generate $4.5 billion a year or more for key California needs threatened by Trump
February 21, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a ballot measure, Senate Bill 726, to create a California estate tax if Congressional Republicans and President Trump follow through on their threat to repeal the federal estate tax.

In light of closures of numerous recycling center, pilot program authorized by SB 458 allows for mobile recycling centers, thus relieving small businesses of burden of being required to accept reyclng for redemption
February 16, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of legislation to allow San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program - specifically, to allow mobile recycling centers to qualify as full recycling centers under California law and thus to relieve surrounding small businesses of the onerous obligation of having to accept recycling for redemption.

The LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night) allows, but does not require, local governments to extend hours of alcohol service beyond 2 AM and up until 4 AM, limited to areas zoned for late-night entertainment
February 15, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night) to allow, but not require, local governments to extend alcohol service hours to a specified time between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m for bars and restaurants. Under Senate Bill 384, the decision for how and where to implement any extension of alcohol service hours would be up to the local jurisdiction, with approval by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC).

Amendment to the State Constitution would set approval threshold for local revenue measures dedicated to transportation projects to be the same as the threshold for school facilities funding measures
February 13, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) announced the introduction of a Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 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. SCA 6 requires a 2/3 approval in the state legislature to be placed on the ballot, where it then requires majority approval by the voters.