Press Releases

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.

March 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today, SB 234 — the SUPPORT Act, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) — passed the Senate Committee on Human Services by a vote of 4-0. SB 234 creates a $100 million forgivable loan program to fund new housing, or acquire existing housing, for transition age youth between ages 16 and 26. The housing will serve young people who are homeless, in or exiting foster care, or exiting the criminal justice system.

February 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced new language for Senate Bill 252, also known as the PET (Prevent Extraneous Testing) Act. The PET Act ends the suffering of dogs and cats by prohibiting these household pets from being used in toxicity tests for products such as pesticides, food and color additives, and drugs. This bill exempts the testing of pet medications and pet products and testing for biomedical products. Additionally, SB 252 does not impact testing required by federal statutes or medical research in the state.

February 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding Berkeley becoming the second California city, after Sacramento, to end exclusionary single family zoning. These zoning reforms come three years after Senator Wiener first introduced his landmark legislation to end exclusionary single family zoning at the state level (Senate Bill 827, followed by SB 50).