Press Releases

September 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 948 which would eliminate the sunset date of January 1st, 2018 for the pilot program Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans and make it permanent for Californians.  This new law which goes into effect on January 1, 2017 will continue to increase the availability of responsible small dollar installment loans of at least $300 but less than $2,500.
 

September 02, 2016

San Diego, CA…  Senator Ben Hueso today announced that Senate Bill 448 has made its way to the Governor’s office and is awaiting his signature.  Senate Bill 448 provides stronger terms for use by law enforcement to combat online predators.  This measure protects a voter approved initiative which requires all registered sex offenders who committed a felony sex offense and used the internet to commit the crime to disclose all internet identifiers to law enforcement.  

September 01, 2016

San Diego, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Senate Bill 1074 has made its way to the Governor’s desk.  This bill helps existing geothermal plants operating in disadvantaged communities by funding innovative minerals extraction techniques at those facilities has made its way to the Governor’s desk.    

Bill appropriates $1.4 million
September 01, 2016

San Diego, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Senate Bill 859 has made its way to the Governor’s desk.  Senate bill 859, is a budget-related measure containing a proposal that would allocate $1.4 million to the Salton Sea.     

“While we still have a long way to go, every bit of funding for the Salton Sea will help us reach our restoration goals,” stated Senator Hueso.  “I want to thank my colleagues and the state agencies for working with me to secure funding for this precious lake.” 

August 31, 2016

San Diego, CA… Today, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) Chair of the Senate Energy Utilities and Commerce Committee stated he is thrilled about President Obama’s announcement regarding the memorandum of understanding between The Department of Interior and the California Natural Resources Agency to mitigate the damage suffered by the Salton Sea. 

August 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced that Governor Brown has signed Senate bill 1138, which would designate the first Friday in May of each year as Space Day in California into law.  

“I am overjoyed my proposal for promoting space observation has been signed into law,” stated Senator Hueso.   “This new law will inspire every Californian to dim or turn off the lights for an hour in an effort to reduce light pollution and value the phenomena of our night sky.  Thank you Governor Brown.”

August 19, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Governor Brown signed the  Electronic License Plate Pilot Program extension bill into law.   Senate bill (SB) 1399 extends the sunset date from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019 on an existing California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) pilot program that evaluates alternatives to license plates and registration documents.  

August 18, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) today urged Governor Brown to sign Senate bill 1138, which would designate the first Friday in May of each year as Space Day in California.  

Bill will prohibit gender pricing discrimination in products
May 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that Senate Bill 899, which will prohibit business establishments from charging customers different prices for similar or like goods on the basis of gender, has passed the State Senate.   

April 04, 2016

San Diego, CA…State Senator Ben Hueso, Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, introduced a measure that will strengthen regulatory oversight of ride-hailing services, which are technology enabled transportation services, while supporting their continued growth.   Senate Bill 1035 addresses some of the existing shortcomings of the regulatory oversight of these services.  The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assess and determine public safety, consumer protections and enforcement.