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SB 1138 will help relieve California’s homelessness crisis by ensuring cities zone for and build adequate shelters connected to services and permanent housing
February 20, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 1138, legislation to address gaps in the shelter zoning process under existing California housing law. Currently, cities and counties must identify in their housing elements (a term for a state-mandated housing plan) at least one zone where emergency shelters can receive streamlined approval.

February 19, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s comments about conservatorship and housing at today’s State of the State address:

February 14, 2020

If You Pay California Taxes, You Could End up on Jury Duty Under this Proposed Law - (Sacramento Bee - Feb 14)

All state tax filers could end up on California juries under a proposed law introduced Thursday night intended to make more juror pools more diverse.

SB 1001 would broaden jury pool to including all tax filers in order to create more representative juries by race and income level
February 14, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would expand the jury pool to include any state tax filers. This would ensure that jury pools would be more diverse and demographically representative of California’s population. Currently, juries are selected using lists of registered voters and licensed drivers or identification card holders. However, these lists are not demographically representative, and thus the jury pool pulled from these lists tend to skew whiter, wealthier, and overall less diverse than the state actually is.