Press Releases

SB 859 would create a master plan requiring state agencies to set targets to end outbreaks of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STDs
January 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introduced a bill today that would require state agencies to establish and implement a master plan to end new infections of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The diseases disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, African American men, and young people ages 15-24. Though many effective preventative and treatment tools exist today, these epidemics still persist.

SB 378 passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee with a vote of 10-1
January 15, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to hold PG&E and other utilities accountable for mass blackouts and their impacts passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee by a vote of 10-1. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 855 requires insurance companies to fully cover mental health care and substance use disorder treatment
January 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) will announce landmark mental health legislation today to require insurance companies to cover all medically necessary mental health care and substance use disorder treatments, not just emergency crisis care treatment. SB 855 is part of a growing movement to reverse the stigmatization of mental illness and addiction.

Autonomy Bill The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee voted to kill SB 201, a bill banning medically unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex babies
January 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), SB 201’s author, released the following statement today, after the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee voted down the bill.

Amendments to major zoning reform legislation allow more local flexibility. New housing equity groups and elected officials now support SB 50.
January 8, 2020

December 20, 2019

San Francisco – Today, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to endorse Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit and near where they work. It also reduces or eliminates minimum parking requirements for new developments. California has a 3.5 million home deficit, equal to the housing deficit of the other 49 states combined. California ranks 49 out of 50 states in homes per capita. Since the early 1960s, California population has almost tripled, while its housing production has declined by about 75%. Santa Clara County is the largest county in the Bay Area.

October 15, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín announced their support for Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 378. SB 378 puts in place reasonable, commonsense mechanisms to ensure that utilities are pursuing planned blackouts with adequate prudence, that utilities aren’t knee-jerk shutting off power to eliminate liability risk, and that the negative consequences of blackouts on local communities are minimized. 

October 7, 2019

San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom signing SB 159, which reduces barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications. Specifically, SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription. PrEP is a once-daily pill for HIV-negative people that reduces risk of infection by up to 99%, and PEP is a 28-day preventative course for people who may have been exposed to HIV.

7 bills were approved by the Legislature and await the Governor’s decision. This is in addition to the 5 bills, authored by Senator Wiener, that the Governor already approved
September 16, 2019

Sacramento–  Last week, 7 of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills were approved by the Legislature and await the Governor’s decision. The governor has 30 days to sign or veto the legislation.

The full list of Senator Wiener’s bills heading to the Governor are:

SB 34- The Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Compassionate Care Act

SB 127 will require Caltrans to make roads safer for people walking, bicycling, or using transit when repairing or upgrading state-owned roadways in urbanized areas 
September 12, 2019

San Francisco –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 127, which will prioritize the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer and better designed sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on state highways that run through cities, towns, and neighborhoods passed out the Legislature with a 28-12 vote. It will now head to the Governor who has 30 days to sign or veto the legislation.