Press Releases

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.

February 5, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s pardon of Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights hero who was wrongfully convicted in 1953 on “lewd conduct” charges for violating a morality offense that was often used to discriminate against Black and LGBTQ communities and has since been repealed. He was arrested for having consensual sex in a parked car.


Rustin was a close confidante of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was one of the chief organizers of the Great March on Washington in 1963.


January 30, 2020

Sacramento - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) released the following statement after SB 50’s failure on the Senate floor:

January 30, 2020

Sacramento – Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) will hold a press conference about SB 50 today upon adjournment of the Senate floor session. It will take place in Room 5100, the Senator's office. It will begin 15 minutes after the floor session adjourns. The livestream link will be available on Senator Wiener's website in the video gallery on the right-hand side.

SB 378 passed out of the Senate with a vote of 25-2-12
January 28, 2020

Sacramento – Today Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to hold PG&E accountable for mass blackouts and their impacts passed out of the Senate with a floor vote of 25-2-12. It will now head to the Assembly where it will likely be heard in June or July of 2020.

January 27, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding SB 281 passing the Senate. The bill originally passed in 2018, but was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. Senator Wiener is partnering with Assemblymember Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) on the legislation, which today passed the Senate by a vote of 27-11-1.

January 27, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding SB 50 moving to the Senate floor. It is now eligible for a Senate floor vote.

Elected officials from across the state endorse SB 50, citing new local flexibility amendments
January 27, 2020

Sacramento – Local elected officials and city councils from across California recently announced their support for SB 50, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) zoning reform bill. The elected officials who are now endorsing the bill are from a wide swath of California, including Los Angeles County, the Central Coast, the North Bay, the Central Valley, and the Bay Area. Additionally, the City Councils of Albany and Milpitas both voted to endorse the bill, and San Mateo City Council – which had formerly opposed SB 50 – voted to withdraw its opposition.