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Senate Bill 822—which restores Obama-era net neutrality protections in California—passed out of the Assembly today and will head to the Senate for its final vote in the Legislature
August 30, 2018

Sacramento–  Today, Senate Bill 822, which enacts the strongest net neutrality protections in the country, passed out of the Assembly with a 61-18 vote. SB 822 now heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote, and if passed will go to the Governor for his signature. SB 822 is authored by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles).

SB 221 – authored by Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Ting – would ban all gun and ammunition sales at the state-owned Cow Palace, which holds five gun shows a year
August 30, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 221, which would ban all gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace, a state-owned venue located in Daly City. The Cow Palace hosts gun shows five times a year. The gun shows have drawn opposition from the community and local governments for years, including student protests at recent shows. SB 221 passed by a 26-13 vote and now goes to the Governor for his signature.

SB 1004 ensures access to effective, quality early intervention mental health care in counties across the state
August 29, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 1004, a bipartisan bill to expand effective prevention and early intervention programs for children, teenagers, young adults, and underserved individuals experiencing early signs of severe mental illness passed the California Assembly by a vote of 61-0. SB 1004 now heads to the Senate for its final vote.

SB 700 will transform the energy storage market to provide 24-hour solar power in California so that all communities benefit from clean, renewable energy
August 29, 2018

Sacramento  Today, the Assembly passed a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to transform the California energy storage market and extend solar usage into the evening and night hours. SB 700 will provide customer rebates for installing energy storage systems, just as California once did for solar panels, by extending the critical Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for five years past its current expiration date.

Pilot version of the LOCAL Act - which creates pure local control on whether to extend hours - is limited to nine California cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City and Palm Springs
August 29, 2018

Sacramento – Today the Assembly approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 905 to allow – but not require – cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m.  The bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 46-14, and must now go back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. If passed will head to the Governor for his signature.

SB 1021 extends expiring drug pricing protections that cap monthly co-pays and set drug pricing standards, and also ensures these pricing protections apply to HIV/AIDS prevention drugs
August 28, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, the California Legislature passed Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 1021, which will keep out-of-pocket drug costs low for consumers by preserving and strengthening existing drug pricing protections. SB 1021 does this by extending drug co-pay limits and prescription drug pricing standards put in place in 2015 under a bill (AB 339) authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2019. SB 1021 also strengthens these protections, including by ensuring these pricing protections apply to HIV prevention drugs.

Senator Wiener’s Senate Bill 937 to create the strongest workplace requirements for working mothers in the country passes the California Assembly and heads to Senate for Final Vote
August 28, 2018

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s bill, Senate Bill 937, to guarantee that working mothers have access to lactation facilities in the workplace passed the Assembly with 50 votes. It now moves to the Senate for its final vote this week, and if passed will head to the Governor for his signature.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 110 calls on the medical community to delay medically unnecessary surgeries until the individual reaches age of informed consent
August 28, 2018

Sacramento — Today the California Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 110, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D- Richmond), calling on those in the medical community to recognize the human rights of individuals born with variations in their sex characteristics, sometimes referred to as intersex traits.

Bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan and Senator Scott Wiener designates the Lunar New Year as a day of special significance in California
August 26, 2018

Sacramento – On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 892 by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which officially recognizes Lunar New Year in the State of California. SB 892 was co-authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

Senate Bill 822—which restores Obama-era net neutrality protections in California—passed out of the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee and heads to the Assembly floor for a vote next week
August 22, 2018

Sacramento–  Today, Senate Bills 822 and 460, which enact the strongest net neutrality protections in the country, passed out of the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee. SB 822 now heads to the Assembly floor, and SB 460 heads to the Assembly Privacy Committee. SB 822 - which sets the net neutrality standards - is authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), and SB 460 is authored by Senator Kevin de Leon (D- Los Angeles).