Press Releases

SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs, allowing cities like San Francisco to have more flexible recycling programs and relieve small grocery stores of burden of being required to accept recycling for redemption
September 13, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 458, a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to fix state recycling laws that are negatively impacting small grocery stores across California. The bill must go back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to accept amendments made in the Assembly before it moves to the Governor’s desk. The Senate previously passed SB 458 in July.

September 12, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) offered the following statement on the passing of Edie Windsor, who was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act:

“Edie Windsor changed the world. Her personal and powerful story of loss and discrimination played a key role in winning marriage equality. Edie is a hero to the LGBT community and to everyone who believes in fairness, and her loss hurts. May she rest in power.”

SB 219 guarantees protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities
September 12, 2017

Sacramento –Today Senate Bill 219 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which creates an LGBT Seniors Bill of Rights for seniors living in long-term care facilities, was approved by the California State Assembly. The bill was approved by the California Senate this past Spring, and now moves to the Governor’s desk after a Senate concurrence vote. Equality California is sponsoring SB 219, and the bill is co-authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona.)

Religious Right, FoxNews, Breitbart, and other publications continue specious attacks against LGBT Senior Bill of Rights
September 5, 2017

Sacramento Senate Bill 219 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which creates an LGBT Senior Bill of Rights for seniors living in long-term care facilities, is awaiting a final vote on the Assembly floor, which could happen as early as this week. Last Friday, SB 219 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations committee. In recent weeks, the bill has come attacks by the right-wing media claiming that the bill will put people in jail for referring to seniors by the wrong gender pronoun. 

September 5, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after President Donald Trump officially ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) today:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announce support for SB 35, joining early supporters San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
August 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have endorsed SB 35, joining early supporters San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. SB 35 will create a streamlined approval process for housing in cities that are not meeting their housing goals required by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA).

State Supreme Court rules that voter-initiated tax measures can be passed by a simple majority and no longer require a 2/3 vote
August 28, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) offered the following statement after the California State Supreme Court ruled today in the Cannabis Coalition v City of Upland that voter-initiated tax measures can be passed by a  simple majority, and no longer require a 2/3 vote:

National Park Service announces it will issue permit for so-called “Patriot Prayer Rally” where right-wing extremists, armed vigilante groups will gather at Crissy Field in San Francisco
August 23, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding the news that the National Park Service has issued the permit for the “Patriot Prayer Rally” on Crissy Field:

Los Angeles nightlife supporters joined the authors of the LOCAL Act, which will allow – but not require – local communities to extend alcohol sales hours in bars, nightclubs, and restaurants past 2 a.m.
August 18, 2017

Los Angeles –  Today California legislators and Los Angeles nightlife supporters joined together in the Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles calling for the passage of a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to allow communities to expand nightlife in California. Senator Wiener was joined by co-authors Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) and Los Angeles nightlife and hospitality leaders, who spoke about the positive economic and cultural benefits of Senate Bill 384.

Citing concern for public safety after violence at White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the letter urges the National Park Service to reconsider issuance of permit for rally in Crissy Field
August 15, 2017

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Phil Ting, and Assemblymember David Chiu sent a letter requesting thatthe National Park Service reconsider the issuance of a permit for the so-called Patriot Prayer Rally scheduled on August 26, 2017.  The letter reads: