Ben is vice chair of the Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace. He authored legislation, SB 1215, to create a California Aerospace Commission that would oversee issues affecting this industry, and bring visibility to its economic impact in the state. An article in Forbes magazine featured this legislation in 2016. The effort to establish a state aerospace commission continues in AB 427 of 2017 co-authored with Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi.
Ben is a leader in the effort to maintain and expand the Film and Television Tax Credit that is responsible for keeping TV and movie productions, and the good jobs associated with them, in the state. He recently held a hearing of the Joint committee on the Arts to review the successes of the tax credit program and examine ways to strengthen it.
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