Press Releases

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and Senator Mark Leno (D – San Francisco) passed the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee today, moving one step closer to placement on the November 2016 ballot.  Senate Bill (SB) 254 is an advisory measure which urges the United States Congress to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.  It passed the committee on a vote of 5 – 2.

Actress Annette Bening Testified in Support of SB 916

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was approved on a unanimous, bi-partisan vote in the Senate Education Committee today on a vote of 9 – 0.  SB 916, the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA), will establish single-subject teaching credentials for theatre and for dance.  Four-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Annette Bening, testified in support of the bill.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

SACRAMENTO – Given the staggering decline of honey bees in California, Senators Mark Leno and Ben Allen have introduced legislation that would protect pollinators against toxic pesticides that are contributing to bee colony collapse. Senate Bill 1282 informs retail consumers about plants and seeds that have been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides and makes the chemicals available for use only by trained professionals.

Monday, March 7, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Today Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) received the 2015 Legislator of the Year Award from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).  Senator Richard Pan (D – Sacramento) also received the Legislator of the Year Award from the group.  The two senators were honored for their authorship of last year’s historic legislation, SB 277, which closed a loophole by which thousands of children were attending California schools without the proper vaccinations.

Friday, March 4, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and Senator Mark Leno (D – San Francisco) announced today their authorship of legislation to place an advisory measure on the November 2016 ballot urging the United States Congress to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Today Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) introduced legislation, SB 1083, to strengthen oil spill contingency planning by requiring the Office of Spill Prevention and Response to add a communications element to the State’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan.  The legislation is intended to ensure that those leading oil spill cleanup efforts have a mechanism in place to distribute timely information to all affected communities, and to enable local governments and organizations to share critical information with the unified command.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 

 

SACRAMENTO -- Following on the heels of a Senate Education Committee hearing that highlighted the severity of a growing shortage of qualified teachers in California, three senators are proposing legislation to address the crisis.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, introduced legislation today to establish single-subject teaching credentials for dance and theatre.