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Bill Aims To Protect Domestic Violence Victims

January 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- A local lawmaker on Friday announced a drastic approach to protecting women from domestic violence.

State Assemblyman Ben Hueso announced a bill that would require offenders to wear a GPS device so their victims know where they are.

One woman said the bill may save her life. The woman, who did not want to be identified, told 10News she lives in shelters while hiding from her husband, who has tried to kill her.


Hueso to Announce Bill to Protect Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims

January 27, 2012

Chula Vista – Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) will introduce a bill he has authored for consideration by the state legislature that will provide further protections to victims of domestic violence. This bill would authorize a judge to order the use of GPS monitoring on a perpetrator. Hueso’s bill empowers victims of domestic violence and stalking by allowing them to take back control of their lives and not live in fear that their attacker may be lying in wait.

Governor signs bill to crackdown on designer drugs

October 09, 2011

It will be a misdemeanor to sell or distribute stimulants used in phony bath salts under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, part of a package of legislation to clamp controls on synthetic drugs linked to death, violence and psychotic behavior among youths.

Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, carried Assembly Bill 486. He also co-authored legislation that will make it a misdemeanor to sell or distribute synthetic cannabinoid compounds used in faux incense products known as "spice" or "k-2."

Bath salts, legal and scary

August 29, 2011

A powdery substance being legally sold in California under the name of "bath salts" contains a synthetic drug that health officials say can cause hallucinations, paranoia and violent behavior when smoked, snorted or injected.

Police and health workers are so concerned, state legislators will decide this week if California should join more than 30 states that have already banned the synthetic stimulant.


A Celebration of Success for Juvenile Drug Court Graduates

August 15, 2011

During the graduation, 79th District Assemblyman Ben Hueso acted as Master of Ceremonies. The keynote speaker was Fabian Debora, an artist and substance.


California Legislators to Hold Hearing on Border Issues

August 10, 2011

Members of the California Assembly are expected in San Diego on Friday to hear about issues that affect the lives of border residents and reach far beyond: infrastructure, environment and commerce.

The Select Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs has scheduled a public hearing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the offices of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in downtown San Diego.


Spreading The Word About Synthetic Drugs

August 02, 2011

San Diego Assemblymember Ben Hueso has introduced a bill to ban the products in California. Chula Vista is holding a meeting to raise awareness on the issue.


A Border Divide on Environmental Challenges

March 12, 2011

A large ongoing sewage spill in Playas de Tijuana contaminated beaches on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for almost three weeks before California officials learned about it Jan. 18. Why did they not know sooner about this health threat that could have put thousands of San Diego beachgoers at risk? The answer is simple: We have our backs turned on Mexico.

The estimated 31-million-gallon sewage spill should serve as a wake-up call. Our relationship with our neighbors in Mexico requires greater attention from the state of California.