Press Releases

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) issued the following statement today in response to the news that the source of the tarballs on South Bay beaches was the Refugio oil spill:




Since my appointment as chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments in January, I have been exploring legislative solutions to California’s unacceptably low rate of voter participation. 

Toward that end my committee has held three lengthy oversight hearings where we heard from voting rights advocates, voter outreach groups, state and local elections officials, academia, political researchers, and political reformers. 




Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) today honored Beach City Baseball Academy as the 26th Senate District’s “Small Business of the Year.”  Matt Watson, the Academy’s Director of Operations, accepted the award on behalf of owner Richard Murad at a luncheon in Sacramento.




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.




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.




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.




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




Sacramento, CA – Today, Senators Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) presented Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 14 declaring March 2015 as Arts Education Month on the Senate floor. The measure passed on a vote of 32 – 0.
Watch Senator Allen's remarks here.  

“As a former educator, I understand the importance of a well-rounded education,” said Senator Fuller. “SCR 14 acknowledges the important role arts curriculum has in the overall education of our children.”