Press Releases

June 28, 2019

San Francisco–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of the California Legislative LGTBQ Caucus, issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots:

“Today is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when our community rose up and said: ‘No more. You’re not doing this to us anymore.’ Stonewall wasn’t the first uprising—San Francisco and Los Angeles were first—but Stonewall galvanized an international movement for LGTBQ equality and inclusion. The fight continues. Let’s keep moving forward.”

 

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June 27, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who serves as Chair of the Senate Housing Committee, issued the following statement upon the Governor’s office and Legislative leadership announcing a housing budget trailer bill:

SB 136 repeals a commonly used and expensive one-year sentence enhancement that is added to each prior prison or felony jail term that an individual has served
June 26, 2019

Sacramento –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D- San Francisco) legislation to repeal a one-year sentence enhancement that is added to an individual’s base sentence for each prior prison or felony jail term served passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with a 6-2 vote. SB 136 now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, SB 23 closes a loophole in the Penal Code that allows some auto burglars to escape consequences
June 25, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to close a loophole that hampers prosecutions for automobile break-ins passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with a 5-0 vote. It now heads to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations for a vote. Current statue requires prosecutors to prove that the door of a burglarized car was locked, even if the evidence shows that the defendant bashed in a window or the victims testifies that they locked their doors.

SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage
June 25, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria’s (D-San Diego) legislation to reduce barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications passed the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions with a 17-0 vote. It now heads to the Assembly Committee on Health for a vote. SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.

June 18, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement upon Google’s announcement to invest $1 billion for new homes throughout the Bay Area:

“Today, Google stepped up with a major investment in and commitment to housing in the Bay Area. To solve our housing emergency, all of us – government, business, housing advocates, neighbors—must work together. Today’s announcement is a strong step in the right direction.”  

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Oversight in Prop 64 has led to taxes that are crippling programs that provide free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions
June 11, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to exempt compassionate care programs, in partnership with licensed retailers, from paying state commercial cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee with a 16-0 vote. It will now head to the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation for a hearing in the coming weeks. This bill is modeled off of Senator Wiener’s SB 829, which was vetoed by Governor Brown last year.

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of specified violent and serious crimes, as well as prohibiting use of condoms as evidence of sex work.
June 11, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to protect sex workers from arrest for sex work after they report a serious and violent crime, such as rape, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with a unanimous 8-0 vote. It will now head to the Assembly floor where it will be voted on in the coming weeks.

In 2018, Senator Wiener authored SB 1045 to give San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties additional tools to conserve individuals suffering from severe mental health and substance abuse issues
June 4, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement upon the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ vote to implement Senator Wiener’s Senate Bill 1045, which he authored in 2018. SB 1045 allows San Francisco to conserve people on our streets who are suffering from severe mental illness and addiction and who are not capable of accepting voluntary services. This year, Senator Wiener is authoring SB 40 to ensure that SB 1045 can be effectively implemented.

Senator Wiener’s statement:

SB 136 repeals a commonly used and expensive one-year sentence enhancement that is added to each prior prison or felony jail term that an individual has served
May 28, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D- San Francisco) legislation to repeal a one-year sentence enhancement that is added to an individual’s base sentence for each prior prison or felony jail term served passed the Senate with a 21-11 vote. SB 136 will now head to the Assembly for committee hearings in the coming weeks.