Press Releases

June 1, 2018

Sacramento–  This week the California State Senate passed 13 of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including those to establish net neutrality in California, fix how California sets local housing goals, 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. Friday, June 1 is the deadline for any Senate bills to be passed out of the Senate.

New pilot version of the LOCAL Act - which creates pure local control on whether to extend hours - is limited to seven California cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, and Palm Springs
May 30, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate 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.

Senate Bill 822, which restores Obama-era internet protections, now moves to the Assembly for consideration
May 30, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore net neutrality passed the California State Senate today, moving California closer to re-instating the net neutrality protections put in place by the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama in 2015. These protections were repealed by the FCC under President Trump in December.

SB 1021 extends expiring drug pricing protections that cap monthly co-pays and set drug pricing standards, and also ensures these pricing protections apply to HIV/AIDS prevention drugs
May 29, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, the State Senate passed Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 1021, which will keep out-of-pocket drug costs low for consumers by preserving and strengthening existing drug pricing protections. SB 1021 does this by extending drug co-pay limits and prescription drug pricing standards put in place in 2015 under a bill (AB 339) authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2019. SB 1021 also strengthens these protections, including by ensuring these pricing protections apply to HIV prevention drugs.

Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 822, which restores Obama-era internet protections, has been called the strongest state-level net neutrality proposal in the country
May 29, 2018

Sacramento–  Today net neutrality supporters and state legislators rallied in the Capitol to call for the State Senate to pass Senate Bill 822, which will re-instate Obama-era net neutrality regulations in California. The State Senate must approve SB 822 by June 1, after which it will go to the Assembly. 

12 bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today and will be taken up next week by the State Senate
May 25, 2018

Sacramento–  Today the Senate Appropriations Committee passed 12 of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including bills to establish net neutrality in California, 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.

Oversight in Prop 64 has led to taxes that are crippling programs that provide free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions
May 24, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a new bill to exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions. Due to an oversight in how Prop 64 was drafted, these not-for-profit donation programs that have been serving medical cannabis patients for decades are now being forced to pay taxes meant for businesses, which are forcing these charity programs to shut down.

SCR 110 calls on the medical community to delay medically unnecessary surgeries until the individual reaches age of informed consent
May 21, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California State Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) calling on the medical community to delay medically unnecessary surgery for intersex infants until they reach an age of informed consent.

In the wake of yet another school shooting in Houston, students, elected officials, community leaders, and gun violence prevention advocates gathered to announce SB 221, which would ban all gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace
May 21, 2018

Daly City –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined students, elected officials, and gun violence prevention advocates to announce a new effort to ban gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace, a state-owned venue located in Daly City. The Cow Palace hosts gun shows a few times a year, most recently in April of this year. At that event, a group of high school students protested the gun show in hopes of ending gun sales in their community.

SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to prevent irrelevant disclosures of immigration status in court – passed the California Legislature with bipartisan support last week
May 17, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 785, which protects immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 was authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), and was approved with bipartisan support by both the Senate and the Assembly. As an urgency measure it required 2/3 approval by the Legislature, and it takes effect immediately.