Welcome to the Senate Housing Committee

Submit Position Letter

If you have a position letter on any bills that have been referred to our committee, please submit them through the Advocates Portal, mail them to our address, or email our committee email as soon as possible. All letters are added to the official bill record.

Please use the link above to submit letters electronically, and refer to the "Position Letters" tab for more information.

Teleconference Instructions:

Due to the health and safety risks associated with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Senate will continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, seating for Senate proceedings will continue to be limited to the extent social distancing allows. All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at https://www.senate.ca.gov/

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.

Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be provided the night before the hearing.

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 

  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.
  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition.  You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 
  • When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.

A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the “Teleconference Instructions” 


To protect public health and slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Senate Housing Committee's office is by appointment only.  

  • We are answering calls to our main office line and responding to all email communication during the business hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). 
  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the Advocacy Portal and our mailing address. Please refer to the "Position letters" tab above for more information.

Please note the various ways we are available to assist you:

Committee phone: 916-651-4124

Committee Staff:

  • Alison Hughes, Chief Consultant - Alison.Hughes@sen.ca.gov

  • Mehgie Tabar, Consultant - Mehgie.Tabar@sen.ca.gov

  • Cicely Chisholm, Committee Assistant - Cicely.Chisholm@sen.ca.gov

  • General questions - SHOU.Committee@senate.ca.gov

Thank you for understanding and please reach out should you need to communicate with the committee office.

JURISDICTION:  Bills relating to housing, including those that affect state housing funding programs for low- and moderate-income families, homelessness, housing elements and land use approvals for housing developments, housing successor agencies and the housing obligations of local financing districts, manufactured housing, building codes and standards, and common interest developments.

The Senate Housing Committee meets the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays of the month at 1:30pm. Please check the Daily File and Bill Hearings tab more more information or any changes.


Senator Scott D. Wiener (Chair)
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Vice Chair)
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator Dave Cortese
Senator Mike McGuire
Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Senator Bob Wieckowski

Committee Address