Press Releases

January 25, 2023

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2023

Contact: Erik Mebust, erik.mebust@sen.ca.gov, (916)-995-0692

 

Senator Wiener Introduces Legislation To Remove Barriers To Youth Mental Health Access

January 17, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 17, 2022

Contact: Erik Mebust, erik.mebust@sen.ca.gov, (916)-995-0692

 

Senator Wiener Introduces Legislation To Improve Outcomes For Refugees By Expanding Case Management

 

December 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 58, to decriminalize the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs. SB 58 is backed by a broad coalition, including combat veterans.

Research from top medical universities shows that these substances can have significant benefits, particularly for treating mental health and substance use disorders, and decriminalizing their personal use is part of the larger movement to end the racist War on Drugs and its failed and destructive policies.

December 6, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Tina McKinnor (D-Inglewood) introduced SB 4, the Affordable Housing on Faith Lands Act, to allow faith institutions (such as churches, synagogues, and mosques) along with nonprofit colleges to build affordable housing on their property by-right, even if local zoning prevents this housing. SB 4 re-zones the property and ensures neither CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) nor local political processes can be misused to stop these affordable housing projects.

October 6, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 922. It will become law on January 1, 2023. SB 922 extends and improves upon Senator Wiener’s previous legislation (SB 288, 2020) to expedite bike, pedestrian, light rail, and rapid bus projects by exempting these environmentally sustainable projects from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SB 922 will accelerate approval of sustainable, climate-friendly transportation projects.

October 6, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to impose stronger accountability on health plans by significantly increasing fines for illegal denial of health insurance coverage. Senate Bill 858, the Health Plan Accountability Act, updates and increases the penalty amount tenfold for health plans that violate state law in denying or delaying timely access to care. This law will take effect on January 1, 2023.

October 6, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senator Scott Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 1228, the Genetic Privacy for Sexual Assault Victims Act. It will take effect on January 1, 2023.

October 6, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 467. SB 467, the End Wrongful Convictions Act, amends the standards used for evaluating expert testimony and forensics in court post-conviction. This law will take effect on January 1, 2023..

September 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 1106, the Fresh Start Act. It will become law on January 1, 2023.