Press Releases

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

 

Mayor Mark Farrell, Board President London Breed, Public Health Director Barbara Garcia and others joined in support of SB 1045, authored by Senator Scott Wiener and sponsored by Mayor Farrell
February 12, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, San Francisco leaders joined together at a press conference to support a new bill authored by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) to expand and strengthen California conservatorship laws by giving counties broader reach and more flexibility to help those who cannot care for themselves and who are dying on our streets. SB 1045 is sponsored by San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, who is continuing the work Mayor Ed Lee started in bringing this issue forward.    

SB 1021 permanently extends expiring drug pricing protections that cap monthly co-pays and set drug pricing standards, and also ensures these pricing protections apply to HIV/AIDS prevention drugs
February 8, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 1021, which will keep out-of-pocket drug costs low for consumers by preserving and strengthening existing drug pricing protections. SB 1021 does this by permanently extending drug co-pay limits and prescription drug pricing standards put in place in 2015 under a bill (AB 339) authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2019. SB 1021 also strengthens these protections, including by ensuring these pricing protections apply to HIV prevention drugs.

SB 1004 increases access to mental health treatment for children, teenagers, college students, and young adults, as funded by the Mental Health Services Act (the millionaires tax), to stop the progression of debilitating mental illness
February 6, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and the Steinberg Institute, founded by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1004, a bipartisan bill to expand effective early intervention for children, teenagers, college students, and young adults experiencing early signs of mental illness. SB 1004 does so by requiring a much more structured and focused approach on prevention and early intervention mental health programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which administers the millionaires tax (Prop 63).

Official list shows that 97% of cities in California will be eligible for either market-rate or affordable housing streamlining (or both) after failing to meet state-mandated housing goals
February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released the official list of cities that will  have their housing approvals streamlined under Senate Bill 35, which Senator Wiener authored last year. The list is based on whether cities have met their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals, which is the trigger for when streamlining applies under SB 35.

Bill will create process for counties to conserve individuals who suffer from chronic homelessness accompanied by severe mental illness, severe drug addiction, repeated commitments, or exceptionally frequent use of emergency medical services
February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) announced a bill to expand conservatorships for California’s most vulnerable residents who cannot care for themselves and who are dying on our streets. 

SB 966 requires the State Water Board to create water reuse standards in California, which will allow cities to implement local water reuse programs while still maintaining public health protections
February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) announced a new bill, SB 966, to expand water recycling in California by developing statewide on-site water reuse regulations so local governments can increase water reuse across California. “On-site” means that the water recycling occurs in individual buildings, as opposed to utility-scale water recycling.

January 30, 2018

Sacramento  –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of cannabis activist Dennis Peron, who died on Saturday at the age of 71. Wiener honored Peron for his leadership in the cannabis legalization movement, particularly for how he dedicated himself to helping people living with HIV.

January 29, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the State Senate passed a bill to require net neutrality in California:

“The California Senate just passed a bill that moves us toward adopting net neutrality as the law of the land in our state. We’re committed to protecting a free and open internet. I’m proud to collaborate with Senator Kevin de Leon to move this important issue forward, via his SB 460 and my own bill, SB 822.”

Senator Wiener and legislative co-authors announce introduction of Senate Bill 937, which ensures women have access to lactation facilities in California workplaces
January 29, 2018

San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined state and local legislators, business leaders, and advocates to announce a bill to support women in the workplace by requiring lactation facilities and resources be provided to employees in California. The announcement took place at San Francisco-based company Stitch Fix, whose CEO Katrina Lake has been a leader in providing comprehensive lactation facilities and promoting other family-friendly policies.