Press Releases

Senator Hueso Praises Partnership Between Feds/CA to Address the Salton Sea and Geothermal Energy

August 31, 2016

San Diego, CA… Today, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) Chair of the Senate Energy Utilities and Commerce Committee stated he is thrilled about President Obama’s announcement regarding the memorandum of understanding between The Department of Interior and the California Natural Resources Agency to mitigate the damage suffered by the Salton Sea. 


August 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced that Governor Brown has signed Senate bill 1138, which would designate the first Friday in May of each year as Space Day in California into law.  

“I am overjoyed my proposal for promoting space observation has been signed into law,” stated Senator Hueso.   “This new law will inspire every Californian to dim or turn off the lights for an hour in an effort to reduce light pollution and value the phenomena of our night sky.  Thank you Governor Brown.”

Governor Brown Signs Electronic License Plate Pilot Program Extension Bill into Law!

August 19, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Governor Brown signed the  Electronic License Plate Pilot Program extension bill into law.   Senate bill (SB) 1399 extends the sunset date from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019 on an existing California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) pilot program that evaluates alternatives to license plates and registration documents.  


August 18, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) today urged Governor Brown to sign Senate bill 1138, which would designate the first Friday in May of each year as Space Day in California.  

“Gender Pricing Bill” Passes the Senate

Bill will prohibit gender pricing discrimination in products
May 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Senate Bill 899, which will prohibit business establishments from charging customers different prices for similar or like goods on the basis of gender, has passed the State Senate.   

Senator Hueso Introduces Legislation to Enhance Consumer Protections and Safety of Ride-Hailing Services

April 04, 2016

San Diego, CA…State Senator Ben Hueso, Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, introduced a measure that will strengthen regulatory oversight of ride-hailing services, which are technology enabled transportation services, while supporting their continued growth.   Senate Bill 1035 addresses some of the existing shortcomings of the regulatory oversight of these services.  The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assess and determine public safety, consumer protections and enforcement. 

Senator Hueso Urges Congress to Appropriate $248 Million for Calexico Border Crossing

March 24, 2016


San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 22, which urges Congress to appropriate $248 million in funding, as proposed by the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, to complete Phase II of the Calexico West Land Port of Entry Reconfiguration and Expansion project.  

Senator Hueso Announces 2016 Women of the Year Award Honorees

Celebrating women who have selflessly contributed to their community
March 16, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) will be honoring outstanding women in celebration of the 2016 Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to exceptional women from his district.  The awardees will be recognized in the categories of education, civic engagement, health, arts and culture, business and the environment.   The honorees are as follows: (1) Dr.

Senator Hueso’s Bill Requires Reading Plan for Struggling Readers

February 18, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) today introduced Senate Bill 1145, the Golden State Reading Guarantee Act of 2016.  This bill will require an individualized reading plan created in collaboration by a local-level team that includes the student’s teacher, parent or legal guardian for all students in kindergarten through fourth grade who are identified as struggling readers.   

Senator Hueso Introduces Bill to Make Increased Access to Consumer Loans Program Permanent

February 10, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today introduced a bill that would eliminate the sunset date of January 1st, 2018 for the pilot program Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans and make it permanent for Californians.  Senate Bill 984 will continue to increase the availability of responsible small dollar installment loans of at least $300 but less than $2,500.