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Senator Wiener Introduces the PET Act to End Harmful and Unnecessary Testing on Dogs and Cats
February 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced new language for Senate Bill 252, also known as the PET (Prevent Extraneous Testing) Act. The PET Act ends the suffering of dogs and cats by prohibiting these household pets from being used in toxicity tests for products such as pesticides, food and color additives, and drugs. This bill exempts the testing of pet medications and pet products and testing for biomedical products. Additionally, SB 252 does not impact testing required by federal statutes or medical research in the state.

Berkeley City Council joined Sacramento last night in voting to end exclusionary single family zoning by 2022
February 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding Berkeley becoming the second California city, after Sacramento, to end exclusionary single family zoning. These zoning reforms come three years after Senator Wiener first introduced his landmark legislation to end exclusionary single family zoning at the state level (Senate Bill 827, followed by SB 50).

February 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued a statement following the United States District Court's decision to uphold the enforcement of net neutrality in California. Senator Wiener authored and passed SB 822, the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018, but the legislation had previously been tied up in court since being signed into law by former Governor Jerry Brown.

SB 617 — the Solar Access Act — requires California cities to provide online, instant solar permitting to streamline remote installation and inspection
February 19, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 617, the Solar Access Act. SB 617 implements automated solar permitting in local jurisdictions with over 10,000 residents. This will allow for remote inspections and approvals of residential solar and solar-plus-storage systems, which will greatly decrease approval times, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and help California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. SB 617 is co-sponsored by SPUR and Environment California.