Press Releases

May 22, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 905, which eliminates the “locked door loophole,” a senseless barrier to holding auto burglars accountable. SB 905 is part of the Senate’s Safer California Plan, a bipartisan legislative effort to address the fentanyl crisis and combat retail theft and community-based crime. The bill passed 38-0 and heads next to the Assembly, where it must pass by August 31. 

May 21, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed SB 1047 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which aims 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. The bill passed 32-1 with bipartisan support and now heads to the Assembly, where it must pass by August 31.

May 21, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 1037, which is sponsored by Attorney General Rob Bonta. The bill strengthens the Attorney General’s ability to enforce state housing law with fines against cities that commit egregious violations of the law. This heightened enforcement will create stronger incentives for cities to comply with state housing laws. SB 1037 passed 23-9 and heads next to the Assembly, where it must pass by August 31. 

May 21, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 961. The bill will help reduce traffic deaths by requiring speed warnings — called passive speed limiters — in all new cars manufactured or sold in California beginning in 2032, with a 50% phase-in by 2029. California will be the first state in the nation to enact this safety requirement.

May 21, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bills 951 and 957. The bills will remove barriers to housing construction in the coastal zone, improve data collection to address LGBTQ health disparities. SB 951 passed 35-0, SB 957 passed 30-8. Both bills head next to the Assembly, where they must pass by August 31.

May 20, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bills 937 and 988. SB 937 will boost housing production by deferring impact fees until a project is complete, instead of at the beginning of the project, and passed the Senate 36-0. SB 988 provides basic labor protections for freelance workers and passed 33-3. Both bills head next to the Assembly, where they must pass by August 31.

May 20, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 966, which would enact the nation’s strongest protections against anticompetitive practices by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which are a significant contributor to rising drug costs. The bill passed 39-0 and heads next to the Assembly, where it must pass by August 31.

May 16, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Twelve of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills will be taken up for a full Senate floor vote, after 9 of them passed the Senate Appropriation Committee today (joining 3 others — SB 937, 961, and 1037 — that are already on the Senate floor). The deadline for the Senate to approve these bills is May 24. They head next to the Assembly.

May 16, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after SB 1012, which would have allowed regulated access to certain psychedelic substances in California, was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee: