California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has announced a plan to introduce legislation “to decriminalize psychedelic drugs” when the legislature reconvenes in early 2021.
Wiener — the State Senator for District 11, which compromises San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, Broadmoor, and parts of South San Francisco — announced the plan with a thread of several tweets posted on Tuesday.
"QAnon isn’t simply a misinformation problem. It’s an outgrowth of our troubled times, when people who have survived decades of extreme income inequality are now suffering through a horrific pandemic. They are turning to conspiracy theories because they think there’s nowhere else to turn." Senator Scott Wiener, the New York Times
"California has long led the way on environmental issues, and our state’s climate laws will likely serve as the template for domestic and even international climate policy under a future Biden administration. While California cannot solve climate change on its own, it can show the leadership for which our state has long been known, influencing other states and countries to follow." SF Examiner, October 1st, 2020
The Guardian looks at how a QAnon, a conspiracy theory group, has infected the Republican Party, exploring a recent incident where Senator Wiener was targeted because of LGBTQ civil rights legislation he wrote. September 2020
"In January 2019, Scott Wiener, a California State Senator, introduced what he thought was an L.G.B.T.Q. Civil Rights Bill. At the time, California law gave judges discretion on whether to put a 19-year-old man on a sex offender registry if he had vaginal sex with a 16-year-old girl, but if that 19-year-old man had anal or oral sex with a 16-year-old boy, he would automatically be registered as a sex offender. Wiener’s bill sought to fix that discrepancy..." - The New York Times, September 2020
Late Monday, just before the legislative session expired, Senate Bill 145 passed the California State Assembly and the State Senate. But posts shared thousands of times claimed that the "pro-pedophilia" legislation had actually passed a day earlier and misconstrued its contents.The misinformation is the latest in a series of attacks on the legislation and the lawmaker who introduced it – state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Fransisco – by right-wing conspiracy theorists known as QAnon.
Californians could see the most dramatic expansion of mental health and addiction coverage under state law in decades, if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill that is likely heading to his desk in coming weeks.
The bill – SB 855 by Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco – would significantly expand what treatments are considered medically necessary for health insurance coverage.
Advocates say Jones’ experience is common for transgender, intersex and gender nonbinary people in California prisons, where research shows they are raped and assaulted at rates far higher than that of the wider prison population.They are urging state legislators to pass SB132 by Sen. Scott Wiener, which would allow transgender, intersex and gender nonbinary inmates to decide whether to be housed in a men’s or women’s prison.
Scott Wiener is used to being targeted for his legislation. The California State Senator represents San Francisco, and has long championed the kind of progressive reforms that have attracted the ire of right-wing culture warriors and their online trolling. Over the past few days, the harassment Sen. Wiener has endured has gotten much worse.