Press Releases

April 6, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 519, which decriminalizes the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-1. Research from top medical universities shows that these substances can have significant benefits, particularly for treating mental health and substance use disorders, and decriminalizing their personal use is part of the larger movement to end the racist War on Drugs and its failed and destructive policies.

March 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 477 and Senate Bill 10, passed the Senate Housing Committee. SB 477 passed with a bipartisan vote of 7-1 and will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 10 passed with a bipartisan vote of 7-1, and will now head to the Governance and Finance Committee.

March 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 379, the Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act, passed the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. 

March 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation to expand eligibility for who can run for Sheriff, Senate Bill 271, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-1. It now heads to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.

March 18, 2021

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s criminal justice reform legislation, Senate Bill 243, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with a unanimous bipartisan vote. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

March 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s 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 Health Committee by a vote of 9-0. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

March 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 379, the Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act, passed the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 5-2.
 

March 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding last night’s tragic string of shootings in Atlanta that left eight dead. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent. The Bay Area has also seen a surge of deadly attacks and hate crimes on members of the AAPI community in recent months.

March 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 107, which would expand access to CalFresh food benefits for seniors and for all Californians, passed the Senate Human Services Committee today by a bipartisan vote of 4-0. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.