Press Releases

“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.

May 04, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today California gubernatorial candidate John Cox kicked off a three-day, statewide campaign bus tour in which he is exploiting a live bear as a political prop. In response, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), author of the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act of 2019, issued the following statement:

April 30, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate yesterday unanimously approved Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) bill to designate August 26th of each year as “California Farmworker Day.”

“Despite the undeniable and innumerable benefits that farmworkers’ provide our state, their labor often goes unrecognized,” said Sen. Hueso. “Farmworkers are absolutely vital to California, and to our entire world. It’s beyond time we memorialize our gratitude with an annual day of recognition.”

April 21, 2021

SACRAMENTO – As California considers a COVID-19 recovery plan, state leaders have an opportunity to align economic and climate goals by prioritizing workforce development in the expanding green economy, all while targeting underserved communities throughout California. This is the goal of Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) and Senator Maria Elena Durazo’s (D-Los Angeles) bill SB 604, which was approved unanimously last week by the State Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water.

April 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate Committee on Transportation today unanimously approved Senate Bill 580 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) that would the task the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with conducting a study assessing the feasibility, cost-effectiveness and lifecycle environmental benefits of including recycled plastics in asphalt used for the construction and repair of a state highway or road. The idea for SB 580 was brought to Sen. Hueso by students from Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista.