Press Releases

January 27, 2019

San Francisco— Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after the City of Huntington Beach sued the State of California, seeking to overturn as unconstitutional Senate Bill 35, a law Senator Wiener authored in 2017 to streamline and accelerate housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals:

SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and also prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage
January 24, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced new legislation to reduce barriers to accessing HIV preventative medications. Currently in intent form, which means the bill’s precise details will continue to be developed over the coming months, SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients without a physician prescription.

Sponsored by Equality California and the Los Angeles County District Attorney, SB 145 puts a stop to LGBT young people going on the sex offender registry, when similarly situated young straight people do not.
January 22, 2019

San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 145 to end blatant discrimination against LGBT young people regarding California’s sex offender registry. Currently, for consensual yet illegal sexual relations between a teenager age 15 and over and a partner within 10 years of age, “sexual intercourse” (i.e., vaginal intercourse) does not require the offender to go onto the sex offender registry; rather, the judge decides based on the facts of the case whether sex offender registration is warranted or unwarranted.

SB 142 will ensure working mothers have access to lactation facilities in the workplace, and help create more family friendly work environments
January 18, 2019

San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) re-introduced a bill to support women in the workplace by requiring lactation facilities and resources be provided to employees in California. Senate Bill 142 is modeled off of Senator Wiener’s SB 937 from 2018, which passed the Legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Brown.

Senate Bill 50—modeled on SB 827 of the last legislative session—legalizes more housing near job centers & public transportation by overriding hyper-restrictive low-density zoning, while protecting against displacement of renters & vulnerable communities
January 17, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced their support for Senator Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50, the More HOMES Act.  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. It also reduces or eliminates minimum parking requirements for new developments.  

SB 136 repeals a commonly used one-year sentence enhancement that is added to each prior prison or felony jail term that an individual has served
January 16, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) joined a coalition of criminal justice reform advocates and co-authors to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 136. SB 136 repeals a mandatory one-year sentence enhancement that is added to an individual’s base sentence for each prior prison or felony jail term served.  This enhancement impacts about one-third of people serving time in California prisons.

SB 127 will require Caltrans to make roads safer for people walking, bicycling, or using transit when repairing or upgrading state-owned roadways in urbanized areas
January 14, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined a coalition of transportation and health advocates to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 127, which will prioritize the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer and better designed sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on state highways that run through cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

January 14, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement in reaction to PG&E’s announcement that it will file for bankruptcy:

January 7, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the following statement upon the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California:

January 4, 2019

“Today’s court ruling for Trump’s ban on transgender military service is outrageous. Trump has no factual basis to exclude transgender people from the military. His only “basis” is bigotry. We will keep fighting to end discrimination against our transgender brothers and sisters.”