Press Releases

April 14, 2021

Sacramento - Senate Bill 73, legislation authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that ends mandatory prison and jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, passed the full Senate by a vote of 25-10. It now heads to the Assembly. 

April 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 519, which decriminalizes the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs, passed the Senate Health Committee by a vote of 6-1.

April 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 357, the Safer Streets for All Act, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee last night by a vote of 4-1. SB 357 repeals provisions of California law that criminalize loitering for the intent to engage in sex work. These provisions — arrests for which are based on an officer’s subjective perception of whether a person is “acting like” they intend to engage in sex work — result in the disproportionate criminalization of trans, Black and Brown women, and perpetuates violence toward sex workers.

April 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Senator Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement regarding SB 467. The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 4-3 against SB 467 (with the bill needing 5 votes to pass), which would ban fracking and other destructive oil extraction methods, as well as require 2,500 buffer zones for oil drilling near homes, schools, and playgrounds.

April 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation Senate Bill 339, the Gas Tax Alternative Pilot, passed the Senate Transportation Committee by a vote of 10-4. This pilot program, which allows California to study a road user charge based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) instead of relying on gas taxes, is a critical strategy as the state transitions away from fossil fuels. Gas taxes fund California’s roads, highway system, and public transportation systems.

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s housing legislation, Senate Bill 478, passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a vote of 4-1

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 617, the Solar Access Act, has passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a vote of 4-0. SB 617 implements automated solar permitting in counties with a population of over 150,000. This will allow for on-the-spot approvals of residential solar and solar-plus-storage systems, which will greatly decrease wait times, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and help California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

April 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 252, also known as the PET (Prohibiting Extraneous Testing) Act, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 7-1. The PET Act ends the suffering of cats and dogs by prohibiting these household pets from being used in toxicity tests for products such as pesticides, food and color additives, and drugs. This bill exempts the testing of pet medications and pet products and testing for biomedical research.

April 6, 2021

Sacramento - Senate Bill 57, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), has passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-1. This legislation would legalize overdose prevention programs, also known as safe consumption sites or safe injection sites, as a pilot program in San Francisco, Oakland, and the County of Los Angeles. Each of the pilot areas will decide locally whether to participate, and SB 57 simply removes the state prohibition that currently makes such programs illegal.