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Senator Lara Announces 2016 Innovations in the 33rd Award Honorees

October 13, 2016

Business, nonprofit organizations, and individuals are the backbone and lifeblood of our community and economy. They deserved to be honored for their leadership and contributions for bringing new ideas, awareness and solutions to issues in our local communities.

Southeast Los Angeles County has a rich history of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals serving our communities and building our local economy in the areas of art, business, government, education, civic engagement and healthcare. They play major roles in improving the quality of life for our communities.

Senator Ricardo Lara's Remarks on Orlando Tragedy

June 13, 2016



Today, I rise heartbroken, angry and utterly disgusted by what transpired in Orlando this weekend.


Here we are again; with another adjourn in memory and another tragic story of a massacre as we mourn and pay homage to the victims of senseless gun violence and hate.


This time the victims were not children, or coworkers or students on a campus, they were members of my community.


Lara’s Super Pollutant Reduction Act Clears Key Policy Committee

April 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA  – A groundbreaking climate change proposal authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) cleared the Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a vote of 4 to 2. Senate Bill 1383 sets goals to achieve a 50% reduction in black carbon emissions, a 40% reduction in methane, and a 40% reduction in f-gases in the state of California by 2030. In 2013, Senator Lara authored Senate Bill 605 which directed the Air Resources Board to outline a draft strategy to combat Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP).

LA Times: In new California climate initiative, bill will target key pollutants

January 14, 2016

California would target certain harmful emissions under new legislation being introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara in an effort to boost public health while battling global warming. Known as short-lived climate pollutants, the emissions include diesel exhaust and methane from agriculture. Focusing...

LA Times: State Senate OKs measures on immigrant healthcare, e-cigarettes

January 14, 2016

The state Senate approved a hotly debated measure Tuesday that would provide healthcare coverage to many immigrants who reside in California illegally. Lawmakers also gave the first full-house approval to bills that would raise the state smoking age to 21, prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes...

LA Times: California takes steps to improve charter bus safety two years after deadly crash

January 13, 2016

Nearly two years after a fiery bus collision in Northern California killed 10 people, state lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposal to revamp safety features on charter carriers.

LA Times: State senator says juveniles need protection during police interrogations

December 02, 2015

A state senator said Wednesday that he will sponsor a bill to ensure minors have access to lawyers during police interrogations. A spokesman for Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said he decided to propose the legislation in response to a Los Angeles Times article about concerns raised by some...

LA Times: Half of immigrants in state illegally could be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion, study finds

November 09, 2015

Half of Californians in the country illegally would be eligible for the state’s healthcare program for the poor if it were expanded under a proposal by legislators, a new report finds. Some California politicians are pushing to open up the $91-billion Medi-Cal program to people here illegally,...

LA Times: Brown OKs bill implementing state-paid healthcare for kids in U.S. illegally

October 09, 2015

A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday cements California's expansion of public healthcare to children who are in the country illegally, underscoring the state's immigrant-friendly tilt. The measure implements the $40 million allocated in this year's budget to provide state-subsidized Medi-Cal...

LA Times: Will nation follow California on healthcare for immigrants here illegally?

October 02, 2015

Like many blue states, California enthusiastically embraced Obamacare, signing up millions for health insurance. Now, it's venturing into a potentially costly and controversial new frontier of health policy: offering medical coverage to hundreds of thousands of people living in the country illegally....