Press Releases

California’s largest organization for older residents supports goals of infill housing and transit-friendly communities
February 20, 2019

Sacramento–Today, AARP California, the voice of over 3 million Californians over age 50, has signed on as a supporter of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50 — the More HOMES Act — legislation designed to lead to abundant, affordable housing near transit, jobs, and services concentrated in urban areas. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near public transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live there.

SB 288 enables more consumers to invest in and generate their own renewable energy by removing barriers, including outdated tariffs and delayed connections to the grid
February 19, 2019

Sacramento–Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) joined a large coalition of homeowners, school officials, farmers, and small businesses to announce bipartisan legislation aimed at creating a solar bill of rights to protect the right of consumers to generate and store their own clean energy on-site, without interference from utility companies. Senate Bill 288 enables more consumers to install and maintain renewable energy technologies by addressing some of the main barriers consumers currently face.

SB 281 transfers the entire 68-acre Cow Palace Property to a local Joint Powers Authority - comprised of Daly City, San Mateo County, and San Francisco - which will have full authority to manage and develop the land with housing and mixed use development.
February 14, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation to ban gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace, a state owned-venue located in Daly City.

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.

Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, SB 166 provides wineries and breweries with clear guidance on reusing process water onsite, to encourage more water reuse
January 28, 2019

San Francisco–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced bipartisan legislation that will make it easier for California’s breweries and wineries to reuse water.

January 27, 2019

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.