Press Releases

The United Farm Workers endorsed SB 50, saying it will lead to affordable housing for California farm workers
January 24, 2020

Sacramento – Today, the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) announced their endorsement of SB 50. UFW is the oldest and largest farm workers’ union in the country, and was founded by organizers Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and others in 1962.

SB 378 passed out of the Appropriations Committee with a vote of 4-2
January 24, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, on January 23rd, 2020, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to hold PG&E accountable for mass blackouts and their impacts passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 4-2. It will now head to the Senate floor and is eligible for a vote as soon as Monday.

SB 50 picked up new endorsements from anti-poverty group United Ways of California and environmental justice group Coalition for Clean Air
January 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senate Bill 50, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D- San Francisco) zoning reform bill, gathered key endorsements this week from groups United Ways of California and the Coalition for Clean Air. With new amendments providing local flexibility for cities to devise their own plans to build more housing, the bill is gaining momentum as it faces a deadline to pass the Senate by January 31st.

Senate Bill 882 would help seniors, others seeking food assistance access CalFresh through a simplified application and recertification process
January 23, 2020

Sacramento - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 882 today, which would simplify CalFresh applications for seniors, and create set a timeline in statute by when all eligible Californians will be able to complete or recertify the CalFresh application entirely by phone. Assemblymember David Chiu (D- San Francisco) and Devon Mathis (R- Visalia) are principal co-authors of the bill, and Senator Bill Dodd (D- Napa) and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D- Oakland) are co-authors of the bill, demonstrating the bipartisan support for the legislation.

Bayard Rustin was arrested in Pasadena on this day in 1953 on a discriminatory, anti-gay “lewd conduct” charge; a pardon would help shine light on Rustin’s legacy
January 21, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus and the Legislative Black Caucus, asked Governor Gavin Newsom to issue a posthumous pardon to Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights leader. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey supports the pardon request.

 

SB 859 would create a master plan requiring state agencies to set targets to end outbreaks of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STDs
January 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introduced a bill today that would require state agencies to establish and implement a master plan to end new infections of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The diseases disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, African American men, and young people ages 15-24. Though many effective preventative and treatment tools exist today, these epidemics still persist.

SB 859 would create a master plan requiring state agencies to set targets to end outbreaks of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STDs
January 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introduced a bill today that would require state agencies to establish and implement a master plan to end new infections of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The diseases disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, African American men, and young people ages 15-24. Though many effective preventative and treatment tools exist today, these epidemics still persist.

SB 378 passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee with a vote of 10-1
January 15, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to hold PG&E and other utilities accountable for mass blackouts and their impacts passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee by a vote of 10-1. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 378 passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee with a vote of 10-1
January 15, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to hold PG&E and other utilities accountable for mass blackouts and their impacts passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee by a vote of 10-1. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 855 requires insurance companies to fully cover mental health care and substance use disorder treatment
January 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) will announce landmark mental health legislation today to require insurance companies to cover all medically necessary mental health care and substance use disorder treatments, not just emergency crisis care treatment. SB 855 is part of a growing movement to reverse the stigmatization of mental illness and addiction.