Press Releases


Sacramento, CA – Following hours long waits and a slew of complaints from frustrated Los Angeles County voters on Super Tuesday, planned legislation was announced requiring L.A. County to provide voters with more access by increasing the number of vote centers on election day or by providing vote-by-mail ballots for the Fall 2020 election.


Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), Chair of the California State Senate's Committee on Environmental Quality, released the following statement today:


Sacramento, CA – The 2019 Session adjourned on Friday, September 13th after months of intense deliberation and decision-making. This year, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) championed issues of election integrity, consumer safety, student debt, religious discrimination, and barriers to affordable housing, among many others. In total, nine of the Senator’s bills were approved by the Legislature, and Governor Newsom has already signed two of them into law. Following passage in the Legislature, the Governor has 30 days to determine the fate of a bill.


Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) released the following statement regarding the State Assembly’s inaction on his legislation, SB 54, during the 2019 session:

"I am disappointed that the State Assembly failed to take up a vote on SB 54 before adjourning for the year last Friday. This important measure would have established a first-of-its-kind framework to drastically reduce single-use plastic and packaging waste by 2030.


SACRAMENTO – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) has named The Albright as Small Business of the Year for Senate District 26. The Albright, which was chosen for its commitment to sustainability and dedication to the Santa Monica community, received the award at a Sacramento luncheon sponsored by the California Small Business Association on Wednesday, June 19  (see photo below).


SACRAMENTO – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), author of Senate Bill (SB) 682 issued the following statement following its defeat in the Senate Appropriations Committee:


SACRAMENTO – For the first time in more than a decade, California voters could get the chance to approve higher education bonds to improve classrooms, labs and libraries on California State University and University of California campuses under legislation approved by the Senate Wednesday.