Press Releases

March 20, 2024

SACRAMENTO — Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation (Senate Bill 1037), sponsored by Attorney General Rob Bonta, to enhance the Attorney General’s ability to seek civil penalties in court against local governments that violate state housing law. Currently, when a court finds a locality in violation of state housing law, monetary penalties can only be imposed 60 days, or in some cases up to a year, after a court has ordered compliance.

March 20, 2024

SACRAMENTO – After several months of productive dialogue with the California Coastal Commission and San Francisco Planning Department over housing construction in western San Francisco, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced that he has removed provisions from SB 951 that would have redrawn the coastal zone boundary in San Francisco to the Great Highway.

March 18, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Aisha Wahab (D-Silicon Valley) announced Senate Bill 1031, The Connect Bay Area Act. SB 1031 authorizes a Bay Area ballot measure to provide transportation funding on the 2026 ballot or later, and require operational reforms and a consolidation assessment beginning next year.

March 6, 2024

SACRAMENTO – In a 3-2 vote this morning, the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) approved a significantly weakened federal version of California’s landmark carbon disclosure law, SB 253, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). Unlike California’s law, the SEC rule does not require companies to disclose emissions from their supply chain, which can account for 75% or more of total emissions, and for the limited carbon disclosures that are required, the rule allows companies to unilaterally choose not to disclose information they deem irrelevant to their investors. 

February 16, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 1227, new legislation that spurs the revitalization of downtown San Francisco by providing regulatory and tax relief to a targeted area for a period of 10 years.

February 8, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 1047, a bill that seeks to ensure the safe development of large-scale artificial intelligence systems by establishing clear, predictable, common-sense safety standards for developers of the largest and most powerful AI systems. These duties do not apply to startups developing less potent models.

February 6, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Valley Center) introduced Senate Bill 1012, which allows adults 21 and older to use certain psychedelic substances in a therapeutic context, in a safe and controlled environment, and under the supervision of a licensed and trained facilitator. The bill does not allow the sale, personal possession, or use of psychedelics outside of a regulated therapeutic context.

January 31, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 988 (SB 988), the Freelance Worker Protection Act. SB 988 provides basic protections — enforced by the State Labor Commissioner and the Attorney General — for freelance workers, including the right to a contract, the right to be paid within 30 days of the conclusion of the work, and the right to damages for non-payment, set at double the amount of wages withheld.

 

January 30, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, 10 Senators led by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released a letter calling on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reject a utility-backed proposal that would raise energy bills for millions of Californians by $360-824 per year. The proposed fixed charge is 4-6x higher than similar charges in other states, and removes the incentive for customers to reduce their bill by conserving energy. To date, the CPUC has held no public hearings on this proposal.