Press Releases

AB 101, a budget trailer bill, streamlines the production of high-quality homeless shelters to address the number of homeless individuals and families who do not have reliable access to shelter
August 6, 2019

San Francisco –  Senator Scott Wiener's (D-San Francisco) legislation to streamline the approval of navigation centers was signed into law last week by Governor Gavin Newsom, as part of AB 101, a budget trailer bill. Previously part of Senate Bill 48, this policy aims to ensure that homeless individuals and families throughout California have reasonable access to shelter, including navigation centers. Californians currently have inconsistent access to navigation centers and shelter.

Current California law allows same sex couples and opposite sex couples age 62 and over to choose domestic partnership instead of marriage; SB 30 extends this choice to all couples
July 30, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to allow all Californians to register as domestic partners instead of marrying, Senate Bill 30, was signed into law by Governor Newsom. Under current law, only same sex couples and opposite sex couples age 62 and older are eligible for domestic partnerships. SB 30 ends this discrimination.

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of specified violent and serious crimes, as well as prohibiting the use of condoms as evidence of sex work.
July 30, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Governor Newsom signed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to protect sex workers from arrest for misdemeanor sex work related crimes after they report a serious and violent felony, such as rape. Senate Bill 233 also ensures that the possession of condoms cannot be used as probable cause to arrest someone for sex work or introduced as evidence to prosecute someone for sex work. SB 233 will take effect on January 1, 2020

July 25, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Controller Betty Yee, Treasurer Fiona Ma, and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced their support of 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.

SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage
July 10, 2019

Sacramento–  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria’s (D-San Diego) legislation to reduce barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications passed the Assembly Committee on Health with a 13-0 vote. It now heads to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of specified violent and serious crimes, as well as prohibiting use of condoms as evidence of sex work.
July 9, 2019

San Francisco –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to protect sex workers from arrest for sex work after they report a serious and violent crime, such as rape, passed the Legislature. Senate Bill 233 also ensures that the possession of condoms may not be used as probable cause to arrest someone for sex work or introduced as evidence to prosecute someone for sex work. SB 233 now heads to the Governor who has 30 days to sign or veto the legislation.

SB 288 would allow for Dreamers and other immigrants to appear on the ballot in order to run and serve on California Democratic Party Central Committees and as State Delegates to the Party
July 3, 2019

San Francisco–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 288 passed the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting with a 4-0 vote. SB 288 would make it legal for Dreamers and other immigrants to run for California Democratic Party County Central Committee seats and for California Democratic Party Delegate positions. It is currently impossible for Dreamers and other immigrants to register as Democrats and thus run for these positions. A “Dreamer” is an individual born in a foreign country who was brought to the U.S.

SB 69 will help improve ocean water quality, restore habitats that sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and protect keystone species.
July 2, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 69, the Ocean Resiliency Act of 2019, which aims to improve and protect the health of the Pacific Ocean off of California’s coastline passed the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife with a 9-3 vote.

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of specified violent and serious crimes, as well as prohibiting use of condoms as evidence of sex work
July 1, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to protect sex workers from arrest for sex work after they report a serious and violent crime, such as rape, passed out of the Assembly with a 54-13 vote. It will now head to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

SB 288 would allow for Dreamers and other immigrants to appear on the ballot in order to run and serve on California Democratic Party Central Committees and as State Delegates to the Party
June 28, 2019

San Francisco–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Dreamers, Democratic Party leaders, and immigrant rights advocates rallied to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 288. SB 288 would make it legal for Dreamers and other immigrants to run for California Democratic Party County Central Committee seats and for California Democratic Party Delegate positions. It is currently impossible for Dreamers and other immigrants to register as Democrats and thus run for these positions. A “Dreamer” is an individual born in a foreign country who was brought to the U.S.