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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).

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... 

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-me-ln-california-senator-lara-pollution-bill-climate-change20151208-story.html

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...

http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-legislature-immigration-healthcare-20150603-story.html 

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.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-sac-essential-politics-20160104-htmlstory.html

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...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-juvenile-bill-20151202-story.html

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,...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ppic-report-20151109-story.html 

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...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-immigrant-healthcare-20151009-story.html

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....

http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-immigrant-health-analysis-20151002-story.html

October 01, 2015

A new LGBT center is set to open Monday in Boyle Heights, offering what backers say are sorely needed bilingual services for gay Latinos in Los Angeles’ Eastside neighborhoods. The Los Angeles LGBT Center and Latino Equality Alliance teamed up to create the Clarence Street facility, called Mi Centro,... 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-new-lgbt-center-set-to-open-in-boyle-heights-20151001-story.html 

September 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District cannot blame a 14-year-old girl for her own sexual assault or introduce evidence of her prior sexual history in a case involving her teacher, an appellate court ruled Wednesday. The state Court of Appeal voted 3 to 0 to reverse a lower court's rulings to...

http://www.latimes.com/nation/ct-california-school-district-student-sexual-assault-20150916-story.html