Press Releases

SB 219 guarantees protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities
October 4, 2017

San Francisco –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 219, which Senator Wiener authored to create an LGBT Senior Bill of Rights for residents of long-term care facilities:

October 2, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement on the mass shooting last night in Las Vegas and the need for immediate legislative action regarding gun control. Today the Trump Administration said that now is not the time for a debate about gun control.

“Our prayers are with the Las Vegas victims and their loved ones. This act of extreme violence is yet another tragic example of why this country needs to pull its head out of the sand regarding gun policy. 

Governor signed package of housing bills in San Francisco, including Senator Wiener’s SB 35 to streamline the production of housing in cities not meeting their housing goals
September 29, 2017

San Francisco  –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown appeared in San Francisco today to sign a package of housing bills to address California’s housing crisis, including Senator Wiener’s Senate Bill 35, which streamlines the production of new housing:

Senator Wiener has authored SB 726, which will enact a California Estate Tax if the federal estate tax is repealed
September 27, 2017

San Francisco  –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement about the tax cut plan proposed by President Trump and Congressional Republicans today, which includes a repeal of the federal estate tax. Senator Wiener has introduced legislation to replace the federal estate tax, if repealed, with a California Estate Tax:

Gov. Brown announces support for SB 384 by Sen, Wiener, which creates a tiered system that will make the sex offender registry a more effective tool for law enforcement to investigate sex crimes and bring CA's system in line with the rest of the country
September 16, 2017

A bill to reform California’s broken sex offender registry was approved by the California State Legislature on the last day of legislative session. SB 384 passed the Assembly, and after receiving a concurrence vote in the Senate to accept amendments made in the Assembly, now moves to the Governor’s desk. Governor Brown's office announced he supports the bill. 

SB 35 streamlines the approval of critically need housing and ensures that all communities are accountable for meeting our housing needs
September 14, 2017

Sacramento – Today Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 35 – which creates a streamlined approval process for housing in cities that are not meeting their state-mandated housing goals – was approved by the California Assembly as a key part of a housing package. This streamlining will expedite the construction of critically needed housing, including affordable housing. SB 35 now goes back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to accept amendments made in the Assembly before moving to the Governor’s desk. SB 35 was previously approved by the Senate earlier this year.  

SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs, allowing cities like San Francisco to have more flexible recycling programs and relieve small grocery stores of burden of being required to accept recycling for redemption
September 13, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 458, a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to fix state recycling laws that are negatively impacting small grocery stores across California. The bill must go back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to accept amendments made in the Assembly before it moves to the Governor’s desk. The Senate previously passed SB 458 in July.

September 12, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) offered the following statement on the passing of Edie Windsor, who was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act:

“Edie Windsor changed the world. Her personal and powerful story of loss and discrimination played a key role in winning marriage equality. Edie is a hero to the LGBT community and to everyone who believes in fairness, and her loss hurts. May she rest in power.”

SB 219 guarantees protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities
September 12, 2017

Sacramento –Today Senate Bill 219 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which creates an LGBT Seniors Bill of Rights for seniors living in long-term care facilities, was approved by the California State Assembly. The bill was approved by the California Senate this past Spring, and now moves to the Governor’s desk after a Senate concurrence vote. Equality California is sponsoring SB 219, and the bill is co-authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona.)

Religious Right, FoxNews, Breitbart, and other publications continue specious attacks against LGBT Senior Bill of Rights
September 5, 2017

Sacramento Senate Bill 219 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which creates an LGBT Senior Bill of Rights for seniors living in long-term care facilities, is awaiting a final vote on the Assembly floor, which could happen as early as this week. Last Friday, SB 219 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations committee. In recent weeks, the bill has come attacks by the right-wing media claiming that the bill will put people in jail for referring to seniors by the wrong gender pronoun.