Press Releases

In this time of heightened fears of deportations, SB 785 -- authored by Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher -- will ensure undocumented immigrants can come forward to testify in court without fear of deportation
March 20, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly Public Safety committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. Senate Bill 785 is sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and is co-authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). SB 785 was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a unanimous and bipartisan vote.

Amendments to SB 822 set comprehensive policies to protect every Internet user in California from data manipulation and economic discrimination to ensure open access to the Internet
March 14, 2018

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced new policy details to his bill to preserve net neutrality. Senate Bill 822 puts California at the national forefront of ensuring an open internet. It establishes comprehensive and enforceable net neutrality standards to ensure that all California residents have the right to choose whether, when, and for what purpose they use the internet.

Bill to create pure local control on whether to extend hours is limited to six California cities whose Mayors have expressed interest in extending alcohol sales hours: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Long Beach, and West Hollywood
March 13, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Governmental Organization Committee 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. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

Long-stalled 260-unit Berkeley project at 1900 4th Street includes 50% affordable units and will be expedited under SB 35
March 8, 2018

San Francisco –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the developers of a large housing project in Berkeley that had been stalled for years announced they are invoking SB 35 streamlining. Senator Wiener authored SB 35 last year to expedite housing approvals. The Berkeley project includes 50% onsite affordable housing, which means 130 new units of affordable housing, and 260 units overall, will be built in Berkeley.

March 7, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement about Jeff Sessions coming to Sacramento to announce his intention to sue California:

SCR 110 calls on the medical community to delay nonconsensual and irreparably harmful surgeries until the individual reaches age of informed consent
March 6, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of a resolution that will put California at the forefront in supporting intersex individuals and their families.

February 27, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement on the national day of action in  support of restoring federal net neutrality regulations:

Amendments to Senate Bill 827 clarify and broaden demolition & displacement protections, integrate locally developed transit-oriented development programs, and clarify other issues and definitions
February 27, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will introduce the first set of amendments to Senate Bill 827, which allows for more housing near public transportation. In January, Senator Wiener introduced SB 827 as part of his Housing First package, which also includes bills to reform the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process and to expand farmworker housing opportunities while maintaining strong worker protections.

Ruling came in a lawsuit where the Trump Administration was arguing against workplace protections for LGBT people
February 26, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after a United States Federal Appeals Court in New York ruled that LGBT people are protected from discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Trump Administration argues to the contrary:

SB 1399 unlocks solar opportunities on existing underutilized non-residential spaces like rooftops, parking lots, brownfields, and office buildings, which will dramatically expand affordable solar in California
February 20, 2018