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LA Times: With new immigration proposals, state lawmakers hope to build momentum

April 07, 2015

Democratic lawmakers will unveil a slew of new immigration-related proposals Tuesday, including measures that would extend state-paid health coverage to those in the country illegally and offer more protection against deportation. Legislators behind the 10-bill package aim to build on the landmark...\

LA Times: L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exists

March 27, 2015

In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people -- such as offering to "fix" gay children -- a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called "troubled teen" industry. “Under the veil of religious exemption, some facilities...

LA Times: Regulators detail Exide battery plant closure after decades of pollution

March 12, 2015

Exide Technologies will immediately begin shutting down its embattled battery recycling plant in Vernon after reaching an agreement, which federal officials announced Thursday, that allows the company to avoid facing criminal prosecution for decades of pollution. Under the deal between federal...

LA Times: California bill would protect civilians recording police activity

March 04, 2015

From the LAPD beating of Rodney King 24 years ago to last year’s death of Eric Garner after a scuffle with New York police officers, bystanders who recorded the incidents on video have allowed the public to see at least some of what happened. One California state senator wants to protect citizens...

LA Times: State senator wants Sally Ride statue in U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall

February 04, 2015

A California state senator is proposing to place a statue of pioneering astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, which would make Ride the first woman to represent California and the first known gay person to be included in the collection. The statue, if approved and commissioned...

USA Today: Calif. has novel view of health care for undocumented immigrants

January 19, 2015

"PASADENA, Calif. — Angel Torres hasn't been to the doctor since coming to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. But now, his vision is getting blurry and he frequently feels tired. Torres, 51, worries he might have diabetes like his brothers."

"Time is passing," he said in Spanish. "I need to get checked out."

LA Times: Licenses for migrant drivers means more will be insured - in theory

January 02, 2015
As thousands of immigrants who are in the country illegally queued up Friday to apply for a California driver's license, supporters of the controversial new law that made the licenses possible predicted a flood of new motorists in the automobile insurance market. The state Department of Motor Vehicles

SAC BEE: California Senate Announces Committee Chairmanships

December 12, 2014

Sen. Ricardo Lara has landed one of the most powerful committee chair assignments in the California Legislature, overseeing the Senate Appropriations Committee that decides the fate of hundreds of bills each year.

NBC 4/Senator Lara at the White House: Financial Impact of Immigration Changes on CA

November 25, 2014

Senator Ricardo Lara was in the nation's capital to discuss President Obama's administrative relief for 4.4 million Americans, including an estimated 1 million in California. He discussed the new bill and what it meant for Californians with NBC 4: 

News10: Legislators seek $3M in legal aid for unaccompanied undocumented children

August 21, 2014

"SACRAMENTO - California state leaders announced legislation Thursday that would make it easier for unaccompanied undocumented minors who come to the U.S. from Central America to make their case to stay in this country.

Lawmakers are calling for $3 million in legal aid so kids can have representation in court, and they're also trying to clear up what they call a hole in the law that could have implications in states across the country.