Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of a specified violent and serious crime
February 11, 2019
San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced legislation to protect sex workers from arrest when they report a serious and violent crime or come forward as a witness to a violent crime. These crimes include, for example, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, robbery, assault, kidnapping, threats, blackmail, extortion, and burglary. Separately, Senate Bill 233 ensures that the possession of condoms may not be used as probable cause to arrest someone for sex work.
Assembly Bill 362—Authored by Assemblymember Eggman and co-authored by Senator Wiener— creates a 3-year pilot program allowing San Francisco to implement supervised drug consumption programs, otherwise known as safe injection sites
February 4, 2019
San Francisco—Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement upon the reintroduction of legislation, authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and co-authored by Senator Wiener, to authorize a safe injection site pilot program in San Francisco:
SB 201 ensures that people born with atypical genital characteristics have the right to provide informed consent before undergoing potentially harmful genital surgery.
February 4, 2019
San Francisco–Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and a coalition of civil rights, intersex, healthcare, and LGBT advocates announced legislation to ensure intersex babies - “intersex” being a term used for people born with variations in their sex characteristics, including genitalia - can provide informed consent before undergoing medically unnecessary surgeries that can effectively assign them a gender (before they can decide for themselves) and that can irreversibly harm them.
California League of Conservation Voters, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California & Habitat for Humanity endorse SB 50
January 31, 2019
San Francisco – Today, the California League of Conservation Voters, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), and Habitat for Humanity announced their support for Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50, the More HOMES Act. NPH - which is a coalition of 750 affordable housing organizations - also signed on as a co-sponsor of SB 50, joining co-sponsor California YIMBY.
San Francisco— Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after the City of Huntington Beach sued the State of California, seeking to overturn as unconstitutional Senate Bill 35, a law Senator Wiener authored in 2017 to streamline and accelerate housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals:
SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and also prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage
January 24, 2019
Sacramento– Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced new legislation to reduce barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications. Currently in intent form, which means the bill’s precise details will continue to be developed over the coming months, SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.
Sponsored by Equality California and the Los Angeles County District Attorney, SB 145 puts a stop to LGBT young people going on the sex offender registry, when similarly situated young straight people do not.
January 22, 2019
San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 145 to end blatant discrimination against LGBT young people regarding California’s sex offender registry. Currently, for consensual yet illegal sexual relations between a teenager age 15 and over and a partner within 10 years of age, “sexual intercourse” (i.e., vaginal intercourse) does not require the offender to go onto the sex offender registry; rather, the judge decides based on the facts of the case whether sex offender registration is warranted or unwarranted.
SB 142 will ensure working mothers have access to lactation facilities in the workplace, and help create more family friendly work environments
January 18, 2019
San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) re-introduced a bill to support women in the workplace by requiring lactation facilities and resources be provided to employees in California. Senate Bill 142 is modeled off of Senator Wiener’s SB 937 from 2018, which passed the Legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Brown.
Senate Bill 50—modeled on SB 827 of the last legislative session—legalizes more housing near job centers & public transportation by overriding hyper-restrictive low-density zoning, while protecting against displacement of renters & vulnerable communities
January 17, 2019
San Francisco – Today, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced their support for Senator Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50, the More HOMES Act. 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.