Press Releases

Funding proposal would meet most of the $60 million request in Senate Bill 918 – the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 – which Senator Wiener is authoring along with Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio
May 16, 2018

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after members of the State Senate announced a $5 billion housing budget proposal that  includes funding for youth homelessness proposed in Senate Bill 918.

May 10, 2018
SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to protect immigrants testifying in court – now goes to the Governor for approval
May 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California State Senate finally passed Senate Bill 785 -- a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. The bill passed in Senate by a vote of 31-6 with both Democrats and Republicans in support. SB 785 previously passed the Assembly on Monday with bipartisan vote of 67-1. 

California Energy Commission to vote today on policy requiring solar be installed on new construction – Senator Wiener passed legislation to require solar on new buildings in San Francisco & had proposed state legislation to do the same in California
May 9, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement in advance of the California Energy Commission’s decision on whether to require solar panels on new construction in California:

Governor Brown and Attorney General Becerra announce that California is leading an 18-state lawsuit to preserve vehicle emission standards
May 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced they will be leading an 18-state coalition that is suing the United State Environmental Protection Agency to preserve the nation’s single vehicle emission standard that the Trump Administration is revoking:

California and New York Senators collaborate to advance the strongest net neutrality legislation in the country
May 1, 2018

Sacramento - California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan)  announced today that they are collaborating on a bicoastal effort to restore the rights of an open and free internet through net neutrality legislation. Senator Hoylman is introducing legislation based on Senator Wiener’s California Senate Bill 822, which is considered the most comprehensive and strongest in the nation.

SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher -- will ensure undocumented immigrants can come forward to testify in court without fear of deportation
April 30, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 785 -- a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 passed the Assembly with bipartisan support by a vote of 67-1.  It now returns to the Senate for a final vote next week before heading to the Governor for approval.

BART, Caltrain, and SFMTA all receive grant funding for expanding rail capacity in San Francisco and the Bay Area
April 27, 2018

San Francisco –  Today the California State Transportation Agency announced grant funding from the state Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) would include funding for three projects which Senator Wiener advocated funding for: BART’s Corridor Core Capacity Program, PCJPB’s Peninsular Corridor Expansion Project, and SFMTA’s Transit Capacity Expansion Program.  Senator Wiener released the following statement:

Bill authored by Senators Scott Wiener and Henry Stern allows San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to create new conservatorship programs focused on providing supportive housing and wraparound services for those who can’t care for themselves
April 25, 2018

Sacramento – A bill by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) to expand and strengthen California conservatorship laws passed its second Senate policy committee yesterday with unanimous and bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 822, which restores Obama-era internet protections, passes Senate Judiciary Committee the day after Trump’s repeal of net neutrality goes into effect
April 24, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore net neutrality in California passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Senate Bill 822 restores 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.