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Two bills introduced today – SB 278 and SB 282 – will both improve the state’s CalFresh program which distributes federal food assistance funds and provides employment and training assistance, while also protecting recipients from gross negligence by gove
February 9, 2017

Contact: Jeff Cretan, jeff.cretan@sen.ca.gov

February 7, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement in response to recent threats by President Donald Trump against state legislators, federal judges, public universities, cities, and states:

Equality California, Positive Women's Network - USA, ACLU and others join in support of bill to reform outdated laws enacted during a time of fear and ignorance to make them more consistent with laws involving other serious communicable diseases
February 6, 2017

Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) introduced a bill to modernize laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV. Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is also a co-author of the bill. 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.

SB 219 will strengthen protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status
February 2, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced the introduction of SB 219, the California LGBT Seniors Long-Term Care Bill of Rights, which will strengthen protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status. The bill would protect all seniors living in skilled nursing facilities, immediate care facilities, and residential care facilities. Equality California is sponsoring the legislation, and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is co-authoring the legislation.

The HEAL (Help End Antiretroviral-related Lipodystrophy) Act will require insurance companies and Medi-Cal to cover treatment of lipodystrophy, which is the result of effective but highly toxic early HIV medications
January 31, 2017

Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will introduce the HEAL (Help End Antiretroviral-related Lipodystrophy) Act which will require insurance companies, as well as government programs, to cover medical treatment for lipodystrophy, a fat-redistribution condition impacting many HIV-positive people who took life-saving early HIV medication that were highly toxic in this regard. Equality California is sponsoring the bill.

January 26, 2017

With help from Equality California and the Transgender Law Center, Senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced the introduction of legislation, SB 179 – The Gender Recognition Act of 2017, that will enable more transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to obtain state-issued identity documents that accurately reflect their gender.

January 25, 2017

Today, Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order calling for the blocking of federal funds to sanctuary cities.

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.