Press Releases

Senate Joint Resolution 12—authored by Senator Scott Wiener—calls on the Federal Government to fully fund the Fulbright program with the $252 million that was previously committed.
August 20, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California Legislature passed a resolution authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) calling for the Federal Government to fully fund the Fulbright program with the $252 million that was previously committed.

SB 822 and SB 460 received 2/3 procedural approval from Assembly to head to the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee
August 16, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senate Bill 822 by Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) and Senate Bill 460 by Senator Kevin de Leon (D- Los Angeles), which will enact the strongest net neutrality protections in the country, received a required two-thirds procedural vote on the Assembly floor to allow the bills to be heard at the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee. 

12 bills were approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today and will be taken up within the next two weeks by the Assembly
August 16, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed 12 of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including bills to reform California’s housing allocation process, strengthen conservatorship laws to help people suffering on our streets, allow cities to choose to extend nightlife hours, and provide more support for homeless youth.

Jennifer Thompson is the best-selling author of a memoir detailing her story incorrectly identifying her rapist which sent an innocent man to prison for 11 years. Her experience has led her to advocate for SB 923 and strengthening eyewitness standards
August 13, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) and Assemblymember Mark Levine (D- Marin County) teamed up with best-selling author and activist Jennifer Thompson to host an informational hearing in support of SB 923. SB 923 sets statewide eyewitness identification standards to help prevent misidentifications that lead to innocent people being convicted and actual perpetrators remaining free. It is sponsored by the California Innocence Coalition and the ACLU of California.

Bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan and Senator Scott Wiener designates the Lunar New Year as a day of special significance in California
August 9, 2018

Sacramento Today, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 892 by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to officially recognize Lunar New Year in the State of California. SB 892 is co-authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco.) The bill now goes to the Governor for final approval.

Senators Scott Wiener and Kevin de Leon officially introduce amended versions of SB 822 and SB 460 to comprehensively protect net neutrality in California
August 8, 2018

Sacramento – Today Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) moved forward their legislative effort to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections that were eliminated by Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission. Yesterday, SB 822 (Wiener) and SB 460 (De Leon) were amended to restore key protections that had been removed from the bills, as well as to join SB 822 and SB 460 into one legislative package.

August 5, 2018

In coming weeks, the Legislature will have the opportunity to pass a measure that would change the lives of thousands of Californians at risk of serious mental illness, increase access to quality mental health treatment, and ultimately turn the tide in our homelessness crisis.

Proposal includes key original provisions from SB 822 including banning access fees, maintaining net neutrality at point of interconnection, prohibiting anti-competitive zero-rating products, and joining SB 460 to protect state contracting
July 5, 2018

Sacramento Today, California legislators announced a deal to move forward a proposal to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections that were repealed under Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission in early June. Senate Bill 822, introduced by Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco) earlier this year, was amended two weeks ago in the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee.

SB 900 - the California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project - makes California-grown fruits and vegetables more affordable for low-income Californians under the CalFresh program while also supporting California farmers
July 3, 2018

Sacramento – Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to make California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for CalFresh recipients was signed into law last week by Governor Brown as part of this year’s budget. Senate Bill 900 established the CalFresh Fruit and Vegetables EBT Pilot Project which will help low-income Californians purchase healthier food by allowing CalFresh recipients to earn extra CalFresh funds by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in California.

New pilot version of the LOCAL Act - which creates pure local control on whether to extend hours - is limited to seven California cities whose Mayors have expressed interest in extending alcohol sales hours
June 28, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill 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. SB 905 previously passed the State Senate in May, and now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which must approve the bill by August 17th.