Press Releases

Mile-long Nets that Ensnare Whales, Dolphins and Sea Turtles to be Phased Out

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Sacramento, CA – Legislation to phase out the use of harmful, mile-long fishing nets that ensnare and often kill whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life passed the legislature today.  Senate Bill (SB) 1017, authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), was sent to the governor with a vote of 36 - 1 in the state Senate.  It passed the state Assembly with a bipartisan, near unanimous vote of 78 – 0 yesterday.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


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Today, SB 1017, a bill that would transition California away from the use of large-scale driftnets, successfully cleared the California Senate. The bill was approved 33-0 and will now head to the state Assembly.

SB 1017, authored by Senator Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, would:

Monday, April 2, 2018


Sacramento, CA – California recently became the first state in the nation to put in place a law, authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), that enables the state to block the sale or lease of federal land within its borders.  The Public Lands Protection Act prohibits County Recorders from completing a change of title on these federal lands unless the State Lands Commission has been given a first right of refusal to purchase the land, thereby ensuring their protection.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Sacramento, CA – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), chair of the Senate Health Committee, and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), chair of the Senate Education Committee, will be holding an informational hearing to review health insurance coverage and access to care for college students who live away from home while attending school.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Sacramento, CA – Today a group of California State Senators and Assemblymembers sent a letter to FedEx Chief Executive Officer David Bronczek urging the company to end its discount program for National Rifle Association Members.  A copy of the letter is below.

Friday, February 16, 2018


SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) introduced legislation to reduce waste generated by take-out food packaging at state parks, beaches, and facilities.  SB 1335 would require that all take-out food containers sold at these public places be recyclable or compostable in the jurisdiction in which it is provided by January 1, 2021.

Friday, December 1, 2017


California Common Cause honored State Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) with its “Democracy Defender” award at its Spotlight on California event, which will took place on Friday, December 1 at 6:30 PM at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, October 14th, over 100 local high school students and their parents participated in a college application and financial aid workshop at Fairfax High School. The workshop titled Your Path to the UC, was hosted by the office of Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica,) in partnership with LAUSD Boardmember Nick Melvoin, Greenway Arts Alliance and UCLA.  The participating students came from Fairfax Senior High School, and nearby Hollywood Senior High School, as well as LACES, Narbonne High School and Westchester High School.

Friday, October 6, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that will require candidates for judicial office to use a ballot title that reflects their actual occupation was signed into law Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown.  Senate Bill 235 (SB 235) will prevent misleading, exaggerated ballot designations among candidates for judicial office that have become commonplace in recent elections.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to reauthorize and reform the state’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) program was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown.  The program was set to expire at the end of 2017 absent legislative action.  The legislation, Senate Bill 249, will strengthen environmental protection measures within the OHV program.