Press Releases

May 22, 2019

Sacramento–  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, made the following statement regarding Harvey Milk Day:

SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage
May 21, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria’s (D-San Diego) legislation to reduce barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications passed the Senate on a vote of 34-1. It now heads to the Assembly for committee hearings in the coming weeks. SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.

SB 142 ensures working mothers have access to lactation facilities in the workplace, and helps create more family friendly work environments
May 21, 2019

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez’s (D-San Diego) bill to support lactation in the workplace passed the Senate with 25-9 vote. It now heads to the Assembly for committee hearings in the coming weeks.  Senate Bill 142 is modeled on Senator Wiener’s SB 937 from 2018, which passed the Legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Brown.

SB 58 creates pure local control on whether to extend nightlife alcohol sale hours - is limited to ten California cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City, Fresno, and Palm Springs
May 21, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow – but not require – ten pilot cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m. passed the Senate with a 28-6 vote.

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 20, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to exempt compassionate care programs from paying state commercial cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions passed the State Senate with a 35-0 vote. It will now head to the Assembly for committee hearings in the coming weeks.

Thirteen bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be taken up by the full Senate over the next two weeks
May 20, 2019

Sacramento–  Thirteen of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bills, including legislation to protect individuals consumers’ rights to harvest and store solar energy, increase access to HIV medications, reduce unnecessary sentence enhancements, and to allow cities to choose to extend nightlife hours will be taken up for a full Senate vote over the next two weeks.

The deadline for approving the bills is Friday, May 31, after which they will move to the Assembly.

The full list of bills moving to the Senate floor are:

After key housing legislation was delayed in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Mayors of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, and Sacramento voice support for moving Senator Wiener’s SB 50, the More HOMES Act, forward this year
May 19, 2019

San Francisco–  In response to the Senate Appropriations Chair delaying Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50 (the More HOMES Act) until January, Mayors have expressed their disappointment, urging the Legislature to move SB 50 this year.

The mayors of Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stockton, and Sacramento had this to say:

“No more delays,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.  “We need more housing now. Our crisis is only deepened when bills like Scott Wiener's SB 50 get stalled, and that hurts our residents, our families, our community.”

Poll shows strong support in all regions and among all demographics
May 17, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, a new statewide poll was released showing 66% of California voters support Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50, the More HOMES Act. The poll showed support in all regions and among all demographics. Support was especially strong among Black and Latino communities, people under 40, and renters. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit and near where they work.

May 16, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement after the Cow Palace Board of Directors voted to end gun shows at the Cow Palace:

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of specified violent and serious crimes, as well as prohibiting use of condoms as evidence of sex work.
May 2, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to protect sex workers from arrest for sex work after they report a serious and violent crime, such as rape, passed out of the Senate with a 28-10 vote. It will now head to the Assembly where it will be set for a hearing in the coming months.