Press Releases

January 30, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced a lawsuit against the state of California’s air regulator, Chamber v. California Air Resources Board (CARB), attempting to block Senator Wiener’s landmark climate law SB 253, as well as Senator Henry Stern’s landmark SB 261, which were signed into law by Governor Newsom last fall. SB 253 and 261 are globally leading carbon disclosure laws that will be deeply impactful in California’s climate efforts.

Senator Wiener issued the following statement in response:

January 26, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 969 (SB 969), which allows cities to create “Entertainment Zones” in public spaces where local bars and restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol outdoors. These zones will give bars and restaurants and the surrounding businesses a much-needed boost. By allowing this activity in targeted spaces designated by the local community, SB 969 will responsibly activate downtown streets where activity has struggled to rebound since the onset of COVID-19.

January 25, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 966 (SB 966), legislation to rein in anticompetitive practices by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which are a significant contributor to rising drug costs. By cracking down on abuses, requiring that PBMs be licensed by the California Board of Pharmacy, and bringing heightened scrutiny to the role PBMs play in rising drug prices, SB 966 will lower healthcare costs for millions of Californians.

January 24, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced the Speeding and Fatality Emergency Reduction on California Streets (SAFER California Streets) Package, Senate Bills 960 & 961, a first-in-the-nation effort to make California roads safe and accessible to all users. Senate Bill 961 requires changes to vehicles directly, including a first-in-the-nation requirement that all new vehicles sold in California install speed governors, smart devices that automatically limit the vehicle’s speed to 10 miles above the legal limit.

January 23, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 957, legislation to require state health agencies to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data alongside other demographic information in order to identify and combat health disparities. The bill enacts the full recommendations of last year’s state audit, which found that the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) failure to collect SOGI data impacted its ability to protect LGBTQ health. 

January 19, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 951, legislation to remove urbanized San Francisco from the Coastal Zone — while retaining coastal natural resources in the zone — and refine the role of the coastal commission in housing approvals under certain circumstances. By resolving unnecessary permitting delays in the disproportionately low-housing Coastal Zone, SB 951 will aid cities’ efforts to meet state housing goals.

January 18, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 937, legislation to temporarily defer cities’ collection of development fees (also known as impact fees), allowing more projects to pencil out. The legislation also extends entitlements, allowing projects on pause due to high interest rates to retain a key permit until market conditions improve. SB 937 provides builders with the flexibility to navigate challenging market conditions, while protecting a key source of revenue for local governments.

January 10, 2024

Sacramento, CA - Governor Newsom released a budget proposal that paused funding to implement all newly signed laws, including a set of landmark climate laws, until the full picture of the state’s finances is clear in May. The Climate Accountability Package — comprised of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 253 and Senator Henry Stern’s (D-Los Angeles) Senate Bill 261 — created the nation’s first requirements for large corporations to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, carbon embedded in supply chains, and climate risks.

January 9, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 912, the Requiring Objective and Accurate Drug Testing (ROAD Testing) Act. SB 912 prohibits law enforcement agencies from making arrests or filing charges on the basis of a color-based (colorimetric) drug test, a class of tests some jurisdictions use in the field to assess whether a substance contains an illegal compound, but which many jurisdictions have abandoned due to their extremely high error rate.