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May 30, 2012

The state Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that would permit judges to allow suspected perpetrators of domestic violence to be fitted with GPS monitoring devices if a restraining order has been issued against them.

The bill is named “Kathy’s Law,” in honor of Kathleen Scharbarth, a 34-year-old mother from Carlsbad who was killed in November.


May 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Assembly approved new restrictions governing who can be appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday as part of the ongoing fallout over the former president's killing of a mountain lion in Idaho.

Lawmakers approved AB2609 by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, on a 55-22 vote, sending it to the Senate.


March 11, 2012

Parents, teachers and education employees protested after the San Diego Unified School District sent out about 1600 pink slips. Chris Chan spoke with State Assemblyman Ben Hueso and teacher David Erving about the long-term changes expected for public education in California.


March 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- About 200 people marched through the streets of downtown San Diego on Saturday in protest of what could be crippling cuts to local schools.

Taylor Fullylove, a senior at Hoover High School, participated in Saturday's march. Her face was completely painted with a bold message, which read, "I love art."


February 24, 2012

It doesn’t happen often enough in Sacramento, but occasionally a bill pops up that makes good sense and deserves swift passage. Such is the case with legislation introduced this week by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, to authorize private companies to manage and operate the rapidly deteriorating rest stops along California’s highways and interstate freeways.

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.


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.

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."

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.


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.