Press Releases

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.

June 28, 2019

San Francisco–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of the California Legislative LGTBQ Caucus, issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots:

“Today is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when our community rose up and said: ‘No more. You’re not doing this to us anymore.’ Stonewall wasn’t the first uprising—San Francisco and Los Angeles were first—but Stonewall galvanized an international movement for LGTBQ equality and inclusion. The fight continues. Let’s keep moving forward.”

 

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June 27, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who serves as Chair of the Senate Housing Committee, issued the following statement upon the Governor’s office and Legislative leadership announcing a housing budget trailer bill:

SB 136 repeals a commonly used and expensive one-year sentence enhancement that is added to each prior prison or felony jail term that an individual has served
June 26, 2019

Sacramento –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D- San Francisco) legislation to repeal a one-year sentence enhancement that is added to an individual’s base sentence for each prior prison or felony jail term served passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with a 6-2 vote. SB 136 now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, SB 23 closes a loophole in the Penal Code that allows some auto burglars to escape consequences
June 25, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to close a loophole that hampers prosecutions for automobile break-ins passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with a 5-0 vote. It now heads to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations for a vote. Current statue requires prosecutors to prove that the door of a burglarized car was locked, even if the evidence shows that the defendant bashed in a window or the victims testifies that they locked their doors.

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
June 25, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, 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 Business and Professions with a 17-0 vote. It now heads to the Assembly Committee on Health for a vote. SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.

June 18, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement upon Google’s announcement to invest $1 billion for new homes throughout the Bay Area:

“Today, Google stepped up with a major investment in and commitment to housing in the Bay Area. To solve our housing emergency, all of us – government, business, housing advocates, neighbors—must work together. Today’s announcement is a strong step in the right direction.”  

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