Press Releases

SB 916 – sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón – closes a loophole in the Penal Code that allows some auto burglars to escape
January 23, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill, sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, to close a loophole that hampers prosecutions for automobile break-ins. Senate Bill 916 allows prosecutors to prove that a defendant committed an auto burglary by showing that he or she broke a car window to get into the car. Currently, proving that the defendant broke a window is often deemed insufficient.

Co-authors Assemblymembers Phil Ting and David Chiu and supporters join Senators in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood for announcement Senate Bill 892
January 19, 2018

San Francisco –  Today Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) along with co-authors Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and supporters announced the introduction of a Senate Bill 892, which will officially recognize Lunar New Year in the state of California. The announcement came at a press conference hosted by the Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood.

New pilot version of the LOCAL Act is limited to six California cities that have expressed interest in extending alcohol sales hours: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, and Long Beach
January 18, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of  Senate Bill 905, which will 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.

SB 900 - the California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project - is a bipartisan effort that makes California-grown fruits and vegetables more affordable for low-income Californians under the CalFresh program while also supporting California farmers
January 17, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of  his California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project bill, which aims to make California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for CalFresh recipients. Senate Bill 900 helps low-income Californians purchase healthier food by allowing CalFresh recipients to earn extra CalFresh funds by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in California.

January 11, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement on net neutrality legislation in California:

January 8, 2018

San Francisco  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to revoke legal refugee status for a quarter million Salvadoran refugees (English and Spanish versions below):

Bills require increased density near public transportation, ensure that cities’ housing goals set by the state are actually linked to population growth, and remove barriers to housing for farmworkers
January 4, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of a new Housing First legislative package to continue the work from last legislative session to create more housing in California. The three bills mandate denser and taller zoning near transit, create a more data-driven and less political Regional Housing Needs Assessment process (RHNA provides local communities with numerical housing goals), and expand farmworker housing opportunities while maintaining strong worker protections.

Bill calls for protections to maintain a free and fair internet after FCC repeals federal net neutrality regulations today
January 3, 2018

Sacramento – Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 822 to establish net neutrality protections in California. This is the first day the California Legislature is in session since the Federal Communications Commission repealed Net Neutrality on December 14 of last year.  At that time, Senator Wiener declared he would introduce legislation to require net neutrality in California.

Ordinance authored by Senator Wiener when he was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors expands to cover workers who work at businesses with 20 or more employees
January 1, 2018

San Francisco –  Today San Francisco’s paid parental leave ordinance, which Senator Scott Wiener authored as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, expands to cover workers who work at businesses with 20 or more employees. When the ordinance first went into effect on January 1, 2017, it only applied to businesses with 50 or more employees. Only July 1, 2017, it expanded to include businesses with 35 or more employees. As of today, it applies to businesses with 20 or more employees. 

December 30, 2017

San Francisco –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statements about the bills from his first year in the Senate that are going into effect on January 1, 2018. They include bills to streamline housing production in cities that aren’t meeting their state-mandated housing goals, create an LGBT senior bill of rights for people living in long-term care facilities, modernize HIV criminalization laws, and expand and improve access to CalFresh.