Press Releases

Legislation will protect every student’s right to be safe at school by closing California vaccine loophole

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 277, authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D – Sacramento), and Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to abolish the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school enrollment passed the Senate Education Committee on a 7 – 2 vote today.

Dr. Pan and Senator Allen presented amendments that protect every student’s right to be safe at school while preserving every student’s right to an education.

Renewable Gas Legislation Passes Senate Committee

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to establish a renewable gas standard, Senate Bill (SB) 687, passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee today on a vote of 7 - 3.  The state’s gas sector causes one-quarter of California’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and significant air and water pollution.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Today Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) spoke in favor of Senate Resolution 19 (SR 19), a resolution proclaiming March 23 – 27 as California Aerospace Week, on the California State Senate floor.  Allen, a co-author of the measure, is Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace.  To watch his remarks, click here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

November 4, 2014 was a record low turnout for a regularly scheduled general election at 42.2% of registered voters statewide.