Press Releases

Giveaways provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need in the 40th Senate District
November 26, 2019

San Diego, CA – November 26, 2019 – State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) kicked off the holiday season by hosting 12 turkey drive events across the 40th Senate District, providing Thanksgiving meals to approximately 700 families in need throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.

Senator Hueso’s SB 656 complements $5 million state budget allocation for permanent physical barrier
October 09, 2019

Sacramento, CA – October 9, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) Coronado Bridge Suicide Prevention Initiative (Senate Bill No. 656). The law, which goes into effect immediately, tasks Caltrans with the creation and establishment of an advisory committee to assist with the selection of a permanent suicide deterrent system for the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

The Consumer Call Protection Act by Senator Hueso aims to stop caller ID spoofing
October 02, 2019

Sacramento, CA – October 2, 2019 – There is good news today out of Sacramento for Californians experiencing record numbers of illegal robocalls. Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the Consumer Call Protection Act of 2019 (Senate Bill No. 208) by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego). The law sets a deadline of January 1, 2021 for telecommunications providers to implement Caller ID authentication measures that can help identify illegal robocalls and prevent consumers from being scammed.

Senator Hueso’s SB 690 complements $15 million budget allocation for cleanup efforts
September 30, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Sept. 30, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law new legislation seeking to reduce exposure to dangerous pathogens, limit beach closures, and address water quality issues in the Tijuana River Valley. Senate Bill No. 690, authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), would encourage the State Coastal Conservancy, when granting 2019-2020 state budget funds for the purposes of addressing transboundary flows and pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, to prioritize those projects identified through studies funded by SB 507 (Hueso, 2017).

Senator Hueso’s SB 305 “Ryan’s Law” heads to the Governor’s Desk for consideration
September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – September 11, 2019 – The California State Legislature today approved Senate Bill No. 305, authored by Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and known as “Ryan’s Law,” which would provide compassionate access to medical cannabis in healthcare facilities for Californians who are terminally ill. Specifically, the bill prohibits certain types of healthcare facilities from interfering with a patient who is terminally ill and attempting to use medical cannabis within the facility, with certain restrictions. Ryan’s Law now heads to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

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.