Press Releases

June 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, SB 221, which would require health plans and insurers to provide patients with timely follow-up care for mental health issues and substance use disorders, passed the Senate by a vote of 32-7. It will now head to the Assembly to be heard in policy committees.

May 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s housing legislation, Senate Bill 478, passed the Senate by a vote of 29-5. SB 478 will now head to the Assembly. It is sponsored by California YIMBY. 

May 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Housing Data Act, Senate Bill  477, passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 36-0. SB 477 will now head to the Assembly. This legislation is sponsored by California YIMBY and SPUR.

May 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO- Twelve of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including legislation to decriminalize psychedelics, strengthen mental health and substance use disorder care, and increase the amount of housing affordable to working families, will be taken up for a full Senate vote over the next two weeks.

The deadline for approving the bills is Friday, June 4th, after which they will move to the Assembly. 

May 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s SB 234, the SUPPORT Act (Supporting Underserved Young People for Positive Resets and Transitions), has been incorporated into Governor Newsom’s proposed budget, announced on Friday. The governor’s May Revise includes $200 million, an increase from SB 234’s original $100 million proposal, to fund new housing, or acquire existing housing, for transition age youth between ages 16 and 26. The housing will be targeted toward young people who are homeless, in or exiting foster care, or exiting the criminal justice system.

May 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine:

April 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 260, the Climate Corporate Accountability Act (CCAA), passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 8-2. SB 260 would be the first law in the country to require U.S.-based companies — those doing business in California and generating over $1 billion in gross annual revenue — to disclose all of their greenhouse gas emissions to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

April 27, 2021

Sacramento – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 110, passed the Senate Health Committee with a bipartisan vote of 10-0. This legislation will address the worsening methamphetamine addiction crisis facing our state. The Recovery Incentives Act legalizes the substance use disorder treatment known as “contingency management,” and authorizes Medi-Cal to cover it.

April 27, 2021

Sacramento - Senate Bill 57, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), has passed the Senate by a vote of 21-11. It now heads to the Assembly. This legislation legalizes 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 jurisdictions has requested to be included in the legislation, and each will decide locally whether to participate and to what extent.