Press Releases

SB 888 will authorize Medi-Cal to fund evidence-based treatment that gives participants with meth addictions cash rewards for staying sober
February 26, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 888 to address the increase in meth usage and overdose deaths. This legislation expands substance use disorder treatment options covered under Medi-Cal, requiring Medi-Cal to pay for contingency management. Contingency management has proven to be the most effective method of treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Contingency management describes the practice of giving those struggling with drug addiction financial rewards if they test clean.

SB 1138 will help relieve California’s homelessness crisis by ensuring cities zone for and build adequate shelters connected to services and permanent housing
February 20, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 1138, legislation to address gaps in the shelter zoning process under existing California housing law. Currently, cities and counties must identify in their housing elements (a term for a state-mandated housing plan) at least one zone where emergency shelters can receive streamlined approval.

February 19, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s comments about conservatorship and housing at today’s State of the State address:

SB 1001 would broaden jury pool to including all tax filers in order to create more representative juries by race and income level
February 14, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would expand the jury pool to include any state tax filers. This would ensure that jury pools would be more diverse and demographically representative of California’s population. Currently, juries are selected using lists of registered voters and licensed drivers or identification card holders. However, these lists are not demographically representative, and thus the jury pool pulled from these lists tend to skew whiter, wealthier, and overall less diverse than the state actually is.

California law enforcement agencies violate state law regarding ALPR mass surveillance technology usage, inadequately protecting privacy and leading to potentially serious privacy violations
February 13, 2020

Sacramento- Today, in response to a request from Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to audit law enforcement usage of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR), the California State Auditor released a report which found that law enforcement using this mass surveillance technology in cities across the state lacked necessary safeguards against privacy violations and are noncompliant with state law. Senator Wiener requested the audit due to privacy concerns, understanding this technology could be easily over- and misused without regulation and guidelines.

As Associate Justice Ming W. Chin retires, the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus asks Newsom to nominate an LGBTQ judge
February 13, 2020

Sacramento- Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ caucus, sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to nominate an LGBTQ judge to the vacancy on the California Supreme Court. With Associate Justice Ming W. Chin retiring, Governor Newsom is able to nominate a new judge to the Supreme Court. The text of the letter follows:

“Dear Governor Newsom,

SB 953 restricts anti-competitive behavior by utilities towards clean energy sources such as solar and energy storage
February 11, 2020

Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced new legislation to prohibit utilities from levying discriminatory and anti-competitive fees on owners of distributed energy resources (DER) such as rooftop solar panels and onsite energy storage.  More than one million Californians, and many businesses, have installed energy sources such as rooftop solar panels on their property in order to generate cleaner and cheaper electricity.

SB 938 would ensure expert testimony used as admissible evidence in court has sound methodology and would provide opportunity to challenge wrongful convictions
February 7, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced new criminal justice reform legislation, Senate Bill 938. This bill would amend the standards used for evaluating expert testimony and forensics in court pre- and post-conviction. Faulty forensic and scientific evidence, provided by expert witnesses, are the second most common reason that individuals are wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. Today, courts have discretion over which expert testimonies are admissible.

In light of increasing syphilis rates, SB 932 would authorize HIV counselors to perform an inexpensive, quick and effective syphilis test – allowing patients to receive better care
February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation, SB 932, to address the major increase in syphilis infections by authorizing HIV counselors to perform rapid syphilis tests. Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) is principal coauthor of the bill. HIV counselors are authorized to perform rapid HIV tests, but not rapid syphilis tests. This test is inexpensive, simple to use with minimal training, and produces results in about 10 minutes.

In an effort to fundamentally reform PG&E, this legislation will turn it into a public utility focused on safety, reliability, and affordability instead of profits
February 5, 2020

Sacramento - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will introduce legislation which would turn PG&E into a publicly owned utility, the Northern California Energy Utility District. The legislation will fundamentally and structurally reform PG&E, whose faulty power lines have caused deadly wildfires, killing hundreds, incinerating thousands of homes, and destroying an entire community.