Press Releases

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to improve the safety of young drivers and those on the road around them, Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) introduced SB 473, which will expand California’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program to include new drivers under 21 years of age. Currently, the program only covers 16- and 17-year-old drivers in their first year of driving.

SACRAMENTO – After receiving more than two-thirds of all votes cast in the November 8 election for the new 24th Senate District, Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was sworn into office today at the Capitol. Both houses of the California Legislature kicked off the 2023-2024 legislative session with organizational votes and family celebrations. Legislators will be in recess until January 5.

Vallejo, CA — California Governor Gavin Newsom took action today to uncover why Californians are paying so much to fuel vehicles when he signed Senator Ben Allen's legislation requiring oil refiners to disclose monthly their profits from refining oil into gasoline.

SB 1322, the Oil Refiner Price Disclosure Act, will require the state’s oil refiners to report each month on the cost of the crude oil they buy, the wholesale price of the gasoline they sell, and their per gallon profits.

SACRAMENTO ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– The most comprehensive measure in the nation to address the plastic waste crisis was signed into law today by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), Senate Bill 54 places the responsibility for costs on the producers rather than the local communities who pay for waste management and recycling.


SACRAMENTO ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– Senator Ben Allen today announced that he has named El Segundo-based Grades of Green as Nonprofit of the Year for the 26th Senate District. 

Los Angeles, CA -- With California gas prices topping $5 to $7 per gallon, California State Senator Ben Allen joined with consumer advocates today to announce new legislation that will require oil refiners to disclose once a month the price they pay for crude oil and the profit margins they make on the gasoline they refine and sell.SB 1322 (Allen), the California Oil Refinery Cost Disclosure Act, will allow Californians to finally know how much the big five oil refiners in the state are profiting from each gallon of gasoline they sell.

Sacramento – The California Legislature will consider establishing an innovative program to help communities plan for and adapt to the long-term impacts of sea-level rise, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) announced today. SB 1078 would create a revolving loan fund to offer low-interest, state-backed loans for local governments to buy threatened coastal property at a fair price. The measure will prioritize funding for under-resourced communities and those hardest-hit by climate change.


Sacramento, CA – Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal of a $214 billion state budget plan today, State Senator Ben Allen (D –Santa Monica) released the following statement.