Press Releases

Senate Bill 50 legalizes more housing near job centers and public transportation by overriding hyper-restrictive low-density zoning, while protecting against displacement of renters and vulnerable communities
April 2, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50 — the More HOMES Act (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, and Stability) — cleared its first committee, the Senate Housing Committee, with a vote of 9-1. It will now head for a hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee in the coming weeks. SB 50 creates new zoning standards for the construction of housing near job centers and public transportation, while protecting against the displacement of renters and vulnerable communities living in those areas.

SB 378 replicates the federal estate tax, but lowers the exemption to $3.5 million and directs the collected taxes to a new fund to address and alleviate the wealth gap
March 26, 2019

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 378, which creates a California estate tax modeled on the federal estate tax, but with a lower exemption rate of $3.5 million ($7 million for a married couple). The tax phases out at the current federal estate tax exemption — $11.4 million ($22.8 million for a married couple) - thus avoiding double taxation. SB 378 contains the same exemptions as the federal estate tax (e.g., transfers to a surviving spouse and family farm exemptions) and the same tax rate (40%).

The University of California Student Association is the official voice of over 240,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all ten UC campuses
March 21, 2019

Sacramento– Today, the University of California Student Association, the official voice of over 240,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all ten UC campuses, has announced support for Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50 - the More HOMES Act. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near public transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit. SB 50 will help make housing more affordable and reduce carbon emissions by allowing people to live closer to transit.

SB 69 will help improve ocean water quality, restore habitats that sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and protect keystone species
March 7, 2019

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 69, the Ocean Resiliency Act of 2019, which aims to improve and protect the health of the Pacific Ocean off of California’s coastline. SB 69 will improve water quality by reducing land-based sources of pollutants that acidify our oceans; restore ocean habitats (e.g., kelp) that sequester greenhouse gas emissions; protect keystone species in order to maintain biodiversity; and convene a statewide advisory group to work on these and other issues impacting our oceans.

Natural Resources Defense Council, CALPIRG, and Environment California join the California League of Conservation Voters in endorsing SB 50
February 27, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), CALPIRG, and Environment California announced their support for Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 50, the More HOMES Act. They join the California League of Conservation Voters and other organizations in supporting the legislation. 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.

SB 173, SB 285, and AB 1022 increase the number of Californians who can to receive food assistance through CalFresh
February 25, 2019

Sacramento– Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Bill Dodd (D-Napa), and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) announced a legislative package to reduce food insecurity among Californians, by increasing the number of families and individuals who can access CalFresh (formerly called food stamps), the state’s most effective anti-hunger program.  Over 4.1 million low-income households in California are currently food unsecure, and California is among the lowest-performing states to connect households to federal food assistance.

California’s largest organization for older residents supports goals of infill housing and transit-friendly communities
February 20, 2019

Sacramento–Today, AARP California, the voice of over 3 million Californians over age 50, has signed on as a supporter of Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50 — the More HOMES Act — legislation designed to lead to abundant, affordable housing near transit, jobs, and services concentrated in urban areas. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near public transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live there.

SB 288 enables more consumers to invest in and generate their own renewable energy by removing barriers, including outdated tariffs and delayed connections to the grid
February 19, 2019

Sacramento–Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) joined a large coalition of homeowners, school officials, farmers, and small businesses to announce bipartisan legislation aimed at creating a solar bill of rights to protect the right of consumers to generate and store their own clean energy on-site, without interference from utility companies. Senate Bill 288 enables more consumers to install and maintain renewable energy technologies by addressing some of the main barriers consumers currently face.

SB 281 transfers the entire 68-acre Cow Palace Property to a local Joint Powers Authority - comprised of Daly City, San Mateo County, and San Francisco - which will have full authority to manage and develop the land with housing and mixed use development.
February 14, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced new legislation to ban gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace, a state owned-venue located in Daly City.

Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of a specified violent and serious crime
February 11, 2019

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced legislation to protect sex workers from arrest when they report a serious and violent crime or come forward as a witness to a violent crime. These crimes include, for example, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, robbery, assault, kidnapping, threats, blackmail, extortion, and burglary.  Separately, Senate Bill 233 ensures that the possession of condoms may not be used as probable cause to arrest someone for sex work.