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Senator Ben Hueso


Dear Friend,

The 2021 legislative session has come to a close, with my colleagues and I passing roughly 900 bills that are now with Governor Newsom for action.

We made unprecedented investments to protect our environment and natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent wildfires. We passed measures to safeguard our economy and public health against this pandemic, as well as prepare for the next one. We approved the largest affordable housing and homelessness package in state history.

And our work is not yet done. Over the legislative recess, I will be meeting with stakeholders and constituents to develop legislation for introduction in the next session, which will convene in January 2022. I welcome your ideas and proposals for how we can help California build back boldly.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District


Events Calendar
9/3: Last day to amend bills on the Floor
9/6: Labor Day
9/10: Last day for each house to pass bills; interim study recess begins upon adjournment
9/11: Patriot Day
9/15: Yom Kippur (begins at sundown)
9/16: Mexican Independence Day
9/17: Constitution Day
9/22: Autumnal Equinox (Autumn begins)
9/24: Native American Day
9/25: National Public Lands Day
For the complete legislative calendar, please visit: Legislative Calendar



2021 Legislative Package

On September 10, the California Legislature adjourned the 2021 legislative session and began our fall interim recess. I am very proud of the measures my office carried and supported this year, and am hopeful all eight of my bills will be signed into law by Governor Newsom. My legislative package included the following bills:

  • SB 311 – This legislation requires that hospitals and certain types of healthcare facilities in the State of California allow a terminally-ill patient to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief. (Signed into law!)
  • SB 394 – This bill clarifies Californians' eligibility for the Lifeline Universal Telephone Service Program by updating the definition of a "household" to ensure that all households eligible at the federal level are also eligible for California's Lifeline Program.
  • SB 416 – This bill would amend the Penal Code to protect incarcerated students' access to face-to-face college instruction provided by quality, regionally-accredited, non-profit higher education providers, as well as amend Title 15 to recognize full-time enrollment in college as a full-time assignment.
  • SB 589 – This legislation expands the state's Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) transportation planning to include workforce needs for the state's ZEV goals.
  • SB 712 – This bill requires local governments to evaluate a federally-recognized tribe's fee-to-trust acquisition application on its merits, and prohibits the adoption or enforcement of a local policy that would prevent a fair evaluation. (Signed into law!)
  • SB 721 – This bill would designate August 26th as California Farmworker Day to honor the contributions farmworkers provide to the State of California.
  • SB 734 – This bill seeks to protect the fiscal solvency of California cities by allowing them the opportunity to re-negotiate significant amounts of debt accrued through their redevelopment agencies. (Signed into law!)
  • SB 756 – This legislation will ensure more of California's low-income families benefit from energy savings assistance in the form of energy efficiency upgrades to their home, including weatherization and appliance replacement. (Signed into law!)




Latino Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 to recognize and celebrate not only the history of our diverse Latino communities, but who they are today. Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California and make up 18 percent of the US population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For this month's "In the Spotlight," I am recognizing inspirational members of the Latino population who are working to lift up others in the Latino community.


Citizen of the Month: Lilia Garcia, Esq.

Lilia Garcia has spent much of her life promoting equality and justice on both sides of the border, mentoring young Latina attorneys and training lawyers in Mexico and United States. She officially retired July 2020 after 39 years in public service, including serving 32 years as a Deputy Attorney General with the California State Attorney General's Office in San Diego and seven years as a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney. Lilia continues her community service through Latinas in the Law and La Raza Lawyers, as well as mentoring law students and young attorneys of color.

A life-long resident of South Bay, Lilia grew up in Nestor and now lives in Chula Vista. She graduated from Marian Catholic High School and went on to earn her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Lilia is an inspiration to so many in our district, and we are so grateful for all the time and experience she has dedicated to promoting our binational legal community.

Organization of the Month: San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association representing the San Diego-Tijuana Hispanic Business community. It works to create and promote a favorable business climate for emerging businesses, advance economic development, provide fair and equitable access to the marketplace for Latino companies, and support education and culture initiatives for the greater San Diego Hispanic community.

While the pandemic has slowed operations for some, that is not the case for the Chamber. It has recently created a binational Cafecito & Networking virtual meeting to bring together businesses on both sides of the border, as well as Conexiones de Negocios Latinos that promotes binational businesses and creates networking opportunities. To better assist our community and businesses as they face challenges due to the pandemic and otherwise, the Chamber created a Small Business Development Center unit, as well as joined with the Asian Business Association and Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce to form the Strategic Alliance SBDC that provides no-cost advising and consulting services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Recently the Chamber received approval from the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to expand their operations to represent and support the Imperial Valley, as well. This is big news for our district!

A big shout out to the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for all their work to advance and strengthen our district's Hispanic business economy. Keep up the great work!



Foreclosure Assistance for Homeowners

If you're experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact your mortgage servicer immediately. Don't wait until you've missed a payment to seek assistance. There are options available to help pause or lower your monthly payments until you are financially stable. Contact your mortgage servicer, preferably in writing, to discuss programs that may help you avoid foreclosure, such as the upcoming California Mortgage Relief Program. Visit for more information.


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California State Senator Ben Hueso - 40th Senate District
Representing portions of San Diego County and all of Imperial County.
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State Capitol, Room 4035
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4040
Fax: (916) 651-4940
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303 H Street., Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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El Centro, CA 92243
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