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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.


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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:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Financial-Impact-of-Immigration-Changes-on-California_Los-Angeles-283558691.html 

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.

August 14, 2014

"Lawmakers were able put aside regional politics to beat the midnight deadline Wednesday for approval of a $7.5 billion proposed state water bond, the fate of which will be decided by voters on the November ballot.

August 14, 2014

"Alisha Gutierrez, whose email address refers to her as the "tooth fairy," has spent years connecting developmentally disabled patients with specialized dental care.

But when a Santa Rosa man needed a root canal on a troubled molar earlier this year, the closest dentist she could find willing to perform the procedure was in Bakersfield — a 10-hour round trip by car.

"I felt terrible," Gutierrez said. "They would have to choose to travel that far, or choose to extract the tooth."

August 08, 2014

"Last July, state senators Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), Ellen Corbett (D-East Bay) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) tasked the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes with examining allegations raised in Golden Wasteland—an expansive report by nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog.

August 04, 2014

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of fathers Friday gathered in support of the “Potty Parity for Parents Act,” which would establish equal access to baby changing stations in public facilities.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) was joined by dads at 11:30 a.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, which already has baby-changing stations in the men’s and women’s restrooms.

August 04, 2014

Dozens of proud, child-raising, diaper-changing fathers and their families joined Senator Ricardo Lara in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific this morning in support of SB 1350, a bill that would ensure that equal access to baby changing stations in public restrooms.

July 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown's choice of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for the California Supreme Court is likely to move the moderately conservative court leftward and result in more path-breaking rulings, legal analysts said Tuesday.

UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin Johnson said Cuellar is particularly interested in criminal justice, including search and seizure and sentencing, and understands the discriminatory effect of some criminal laws.\

July 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown's choice of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for the California Supreme Court is likely to move the moderately conservative court leftward and result in more path-breaking rulings, legal analysts said Tuesday.

UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin Johnson said Cuellar is particularly interested in criminal justice, including search and seizure and sentencing, and understands the discriminatory effect of some criminal laws.\