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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


SB 651 Will Require Initiative Petitions Circulated by Paid Signature Gatherers to Disclose Their Top 3 Funders

Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA — A new bill to require that initiative petitions circulated by paid signature gatherers must clearly disclose their top 3 funders was launched with the introduction of SB 651 by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica).  SB 651 is sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign.

Friday, February 17, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA – A new bill, SB 483, jointly authored by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Senator Steve Glazer (D – Orinda) would authorize the statewide sale of $2 billion in general obligation bonds earmarked for California public university and college facilities. 


Friday, February 10, 2017


Los Angeles, CA — Today, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) spoke to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Workforce Council about the status of California’s teacher shortage, early childhood education, career and technical education, the achievement gap and immigrant students in higher education. The meeting was attended by over 50 business, non-profit and education leaders.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Sacramento, CA — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today named Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin as California Legislators of the Year.

“We are honored to recognize and award Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin as TechNet’s Legislators of the Year for 2016,” said Andrea Deveau, TechNet’s Vice President of State Policy and Politics.  “These legislators are true champions of technology, and we thank them for their leadership and ongoing support of the innovation economy.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) issued the following statement regarding the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Video Response Available in English and Spanish

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) responded to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State Address this morning, commending the Governor for his strong vision of California’s future.  
Watch a video of Senator Allen’s remarks in English here.
Watch a video of Senator Allen’s remarks in Spanish here.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) has been named co-chair of the California Environmental Legislative Caucus for the 2017-18 legislative session.    He and Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) were chosen by their peers to lead the caucus, which provides a forum for legislators to discuss and coordinate their actions on environmental challenges facing the state. Currently, 51 Senators and Assemblymembers are members of the caucus.

Adoption Ensures That Electoral Votes for U.S. President Reflect Americans’ Majority Vote

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senators Jerry Hill and Ben Allen introduced a joint resolution today calling upon other states to pass National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation to ensure that electoral votes for the president of the United States reflect the will of American voters.

Friday, December 2, 2016


Sacramento, CA – On a unanimous vote, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was selected as the Vice-Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus at a gathering of Caucus members in San Francisco today.  Allen is beginning his third year representing the Westside, Hollywood and South Bay of Los Angeles in the California State Senate.