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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, January 27, to announce the introduction of state legislation pertaining to arts education.
Four decades of US Supreme Court decisions have left states and municipalities with limited options on how they may regulate campaign spending. The Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments, chaired by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), will examine current state and local practices as well as the outlook for advances in campaign finance regulation and disclosure.