Press Releases

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.

January 29, 2019

Sacramento, CA – January 29, 2019 – In response to PG&E announcing it has filed for federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy, California State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, today issued the following statement:

“In light of PG&E’s notice earlier this month, today’s filings should come as no surprise; nonetheless, it’s disheartening that it has come to this.

January 14, 2019

Sacramento, CA – January 14, 2019 – In response to PG&E announcing its intention to file for bankruptcy, California State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, today issued the following statement:

“Californians depend on reliable gas and electrical power to heat and cool homes, run hospitals and fire stations, and more. We all have a shared interest in making sure we have healthy and dependable utilities to provide this necessary power.

Successful 2018 legislative session leads to 10 new laws authored by Senator Hueso
December 21, 2018

San Diego, CA – December 21, 2018 – As 2018 comes to a close, State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) is proud to announce that ten bills he authored will go into effect on January 1, 2019. All of these bills were passed by both houses of the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

Annual giveaway events provide Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate
November 20, 2018

San Diego, CA – November 20, 2018 – State Senator Ben Hueso (D-40th District) kicked off the holiday season by hosting six turkey drive events over the past week, providing turkeys to approximately 350 families in need throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.

City of San Diego-sponsored legislation will assist California’s Promise Zones and Opportunity Zones in receiving critical revitalization and investment funds
September 28, 2018

Sacramento, CA – September 28, 2018 – This afternoon Governor Brown signed legislation authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and sponsored by the City of San Diego that would provide state resources for disadvantaged communities designated within California’s Promise Zones and Opportunity Zones. Senate Bill No. 635 received bipartisan and bicameral support in the Legislature and becomes effective January 1, 2019.

Legislation by Senator Hueso expands language access services for Limited English Proficient court users
September 27, 2018

Sacramento, CA – September 27, 2018 – With the stroke of his pen, Governor Brown today signed into law a bill by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) to improve access to justice for a significant number of Californians by allowing small claims courts in the state to provide interpreters to Limited English Proficient court users during any and all court proceedings.

Legislation aims to provide cost-effective means of reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions
September 26, 2018

Sacramento, CA – September 26, 2018 –  A new law in California will authorize the state to adopt a biomethane procurement program if it is found to be cost-effective, beneficial to ratepayers, and in advancement of the state’s  environmental and energy policies. The legislation, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and signed by Governor Brown on Sunday, seeks to further develop a pathway for renewable biomethane to be injected into the gas pipeline system, thereby displacing fossil gas and reducing the carbon intensity of the natural gas system.

SB 1097 is a critical step in ensuring appropriate case management data related to children who have been exposed to lead
September 24, 2018

Sacramento, CA – September 24, 2018 – Over the weekend Governor Brown signed into law a bill that seeks to prevent childhood lead exposure and help localities better understand its sources. Senate Bill No. 1097, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), would require the California Department of Public Health to provide on its website expanded county-based information regarding childhood blood lead testing outcomes, sources of lead exposure, and how these sources are removed, remediated or abated.

New law requires state to study disease’s disproportionate impact on certain communities
September 24, 2018

Sacramento, CA – September 24, 2018 – Yesterday Governor Brown signed into law Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) bill to make Alzheimer’s disease research in California more inclusive of at-risk and underrepresented populations. Senate Bill No. 1292 will require the Center for Health Communities to update the 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report in California to quantify the burden of Alzheimer’s disease on African Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Latinos and women, all of whom experience significantly higher disease prevalence rates.