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TODAY SHOW: Fathers Demanding Changes in Public Restrooms

June 24, 2014

Fathers are demanding changes in public restrooms so they can change their infants’ diapers more easily, and lawmakers are introducing legislation to mandate the changes. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.

LA Times: Latino lawmakers move to reverse decades of anti-immigrant legislation

June 24, 2014

"wo decades after California voters took a hard line on illegal immigration, affirmative action and bilingual education, an ascendant class of Latino lawmakers is seeking to rewrite the books and discard the polarizing laws.

Read complete story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-pol-legislature-latinos-20140622-story.html#page=1

NBC News National: State Sen. Ricardo Lara's Bet On His Community Pays Off

June 22, 2014

If you grow up in a two bedroom house in a Latino barrio with four siblings sharing a king sized bed and your parents came from Mexico as undocumented immigrants, odds are you won’t become a California legislator. Yet that describes the unlikely trajectory of California State Senator Ricardo Lara.

LA Times: Study sees modest costs in healthcare for immigrants here illegally

May 21, 2014

"Extending healthcare to people in the country illegally would cost the state a modest amount more but would significantly improve health while potentially saving money for taxpayers down the road, according to a study released Wednesday.

The study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimates that the net increase in state spending would be equivalent to 2% of state Medi-Cal spending, or between $353 million and $369 million next year, while the net increase in spending would be up to $436 million in 2019."

LA Times: California bill would ease professional licensing rules for immigrants

May 13, 2014

"Denisse Rojas earned a biology degree from UC Berkeley and has set her sights on medical school. But one big obstacle stands in her way.

To practice medicine in California, doctors must obtain a license from the state, and applicants are required to provide a Social Security number as proof of identity.

Rojas, 25, does not have such a number. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old."

LA Times: Calif. Senate supports banning fundraisers in lobbyists' homes

May 12, 2014

"The state Senate on Monday voted unanimously to ban state politicians from holding political fundraisers in the homes and offices of lobbyists, three months after a scandal involving the practice.

The measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first of a package of ethics bills proposed in recent months and is in reaction to a record $133,500 fine against Capitol lobbyist Kevin Sloat in February.

NY Times: Feds reject design of driver's license for immigrants in U.S. illegally

May 07, 2014

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens."

Read full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-feds-reject-design-of-drivers-license-for-illegal-immigrants-20140506-story.html

La Opinion: Reconocimiento al espíritu latino en Sacramento

May 06, 2014

"Los Ángeles.- El Caucus Legislativo Latino de California entregó esta semana en la asamblea estatal los Premios Espíritu Latino, un reconocimiento anual que este año contó entre otros con el ex vicegobernador del estado, Cruz Bustamante, el actor Danny Trejo y ‘el charro de oro’, Sebastien De la Cruz."

Read full story here: http://hoylosangeles.com/news/2014/may/06/reconocimiento-al-espiritu-latino-en-sacramento/

Huffington Post: Health for All: A Proposal to Cover the Remaining Uninsured in California

April 28, 2014

Should we deny some Californians medical care for easily treatable conditions because of where they were born?

What about the mom afflicted with diabetes whose family strains to the breaking point to pay for medications out of pocket?

Or the student who was beaten and robbed in San Francisco and needed medical treatment, but was terrified about calling an ambulance because he lacked coverage?