Press Releases

AB 931 changes the standards when law enforcement officers can use lethal force
June 12, 2018

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Bill 931, by Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento):

“Too many people, particularly young black men, are being shot by law enforcement officers. We must reduce the number of police shootings, which we can do without impairing the ability of our officers to keep our communities, and themselves, safe.

June 5, 2018

“The FCC’s action left a huge void with real-life ramifications in terms of the [internet service providers] being able to pick winners and losers on the internet, which is exactly what net neutrality prohibits,” Wiener said in a phone interview with The Hill.

June 4, 2018

San Francisco  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled today in the case of the Colorado baker who refused to serve a gay couple:

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 These protections were repealed by the FCC under President Trump in December.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.