Press Releases

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.

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.