Press Releases

October 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO – As part of his final action on bills from the 2021 legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom this weekend announced he signed into law Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) bill to ensure more low-income Californians have access to discounted phone and Internet service through the Lifeline Universal Telephone Service Program (California LifeLine Program).

October 07, 2021

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a number of measures to advance the state’s climate and clean energy efforts, including legislation by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) that expands the state’s Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program to ensure more of California’s low-income families benefit from free energy efficiency upgrades to their home.

October 05, 2021

SACRAMENTO – California is home to roughly 800,000 farmworkers who play a vital role in maintaining our food supply and whose work is more critical than ever during the pandemic. Now, with the enactment of Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) SB 721, the state will formally recognize these contributions each year on August 26 as part of the newly-established California Farmworker Day.

September 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Upon learning that Marybel Batjer will resign as President of the California Public Utilities Commission, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, released the following statement:

“I am grateful to Marybel Batjer for her service to the State of California these past two years, and commend her for her many accomplishments while CPUC president.

“Ryan’s Law” will expand end-of-life treatment and pain relief options for Californians
September 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) expanding end-of-life treatment options for Californians by requiring that hospitals and certain types of healthcare facilities in the state allow terminally-ill patients to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief.

SB 712 by Senator Hueso requires local governments to evaluate fee-to-trust acquisition applications more fairly
September 28, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Last Friday on Native American Day, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 712, Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) legislation to rectify long-standing discriminatory practices by local governments that have deprived Native Americans of a fair process in their attempts to acquire ancestral lands.

September 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Newsom has signed into law Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) bill to protect the fiscal solvency of California cities by allowing them to renegotiate significant amounts of debt accrued through their redevelopment agencies (RDAs).

August 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO – This week the State Legislature celebrated California Small Business Day 2021, an annual event organized by the California Small Business Association to recognize and celebrate the vast contributions of small businesses to the state. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) recognized Karina’s Mexican Seafood, a beloved San Diego family-owned restaurant business, as Small Business of the Year for the 40th Senate District.

June 25, 2021

IMPERIAL VALLEY – Senator Ben Hueso is thrilled to announce he has recognized Imperial Valley Food Bank (IVFB) as 2021 Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 40th Senate District. This extraordinary nonprofit has continuously gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 emergency, serving more people and distributing more nutrition than ever in its 30-year history.

May 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today, May 20, 2021, is National STOP THE BLEED Day, a call to action for people across the country to learn how to save lives by becoming trained on stopping traumatic bleeding.