Press Releases

June 13, 2019

Sacramento, CA – June 13, 2019 - Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2019-2020 State Budget:

“As California’s economy continues to see increasing revenues, it is important to consider that our state budget is a reflection of our priorities. The Legislature’s proposal advances California’s values while protecting our taxpayers.

Promise Zones: credit reporting pilot program receives unanimous approval from State Senate
May 22, 2019

Sacramento, CA – May 22, 2019 – California Promise Zone residents would have the opportunity to establish or better their credit by having their rent payments reported to credit bureaus under a bill advancing through the State Legislature. Senate Bill No. 619, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), establishes a three-year, opt-in, rent reporting pilot program in the four California Promise Zones federally designated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (San Diego, Sacramento, Downtown and Southeast Los Angeles).

Ryan’s Law: Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis in Healthcare Facilities Act moves to Assembly with a 37-0 vote
May 21, 2019

Sacramento, CA – May 21, 2019 – The California State Senate yesterday voted unanimously to pass legislation seeking to allow the use of medical cannabis in healthcare facilities for Californians who are terminally ill. Senate Bill No. 305, authored by Sen. Ben Hueso and known as “Ryan’s Law,” would provide relief, compassion and dignity to Californians during the most vulnerable time of their lives.

Senator Hueso’s consumer protection bill aims to prevent robocall scams
May 13, 2019

Sacramento, CA – May 13, 2019 – California is one step closer to ending robocall scams after the State Senate today voted to advance SB 208, the Consumer Call Protection Act of 2019. The bill, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), aims to stop illegal robocall scams known as “neighbor spoofing” whereby scammers attempt to trick consumers into answering calls from imposters posing as local callers.

April 12, 2019

San Diego, CA – April 12, 2019 – In response to the report entitled “Wildfires and Climate Change: California’s Energy Future” released today by Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, issued the following statement:

“I thank Gov. Newsom for his engaged leadership as we explore policies to reduce wildfire risks and make California more resilient in the face of climate change.

March 04, 2019

Sacramento, CA – March 4, 2019 – The California State Legislature today hosted its annual Woman of the Year ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento as part of Women’s History Month. The ceremony honors women of all ages, backgrounds and interests who are passionate and committed to empowering

March 01, 2019

San Diego, CA – March 1, 2019 – California State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) joined officials from the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) today at San Diego City College to announce the introduction of Senate Bill No. 416, which would expand workers’ compensation coverage to all peace officers for specific categories of injuries that are presumed to be work-related.

February 28, 2019

Sacramento, CA – February 28, 2019 – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins today announced the reappointment of State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation. This will be Sen. Hueso’s third legislative session serving as Chair of this Select Committee in the Senate after having chaired a similar committee in the Assembly from 2011-2013.

Senator Hueso’s legislation would institute a statewide ban on traveling wild-animal exhibitions
February 19, 2019

Los Angeles, CA – February 19, 2019 – A new bill introduced today in the California State Senate would make it illegal to use or allow the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.

The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act (Senate Bill No. 313), authored by State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), recognizes both the animal welfare concerns, and public safety concerns of circuses and other traveling shows that force wild or exotic animals to perform.

Legislation by Senator Hueso aims to halt caller ID spoofing
February 04, 2019

Sacramento, CA – February 4, 2019 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) today introduced a bill to stop illegal robocall scams known as “neighbor spoofing” whereby scammers attempt to trick consumers into answering calls from imposters posing as local callers. SB 208 sets a deadline for telecommunications providers to take the steps necessary to stop these illegal scams, while also ensuring that the CPUC can collaborate with the California Attorney General’s Office to support action against illegal robocallers.