Press Releases

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Responding to high unemployment among transgender workers, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Transgender Work Opportunity Act (Senate Bill 396). Senate Bill 396 combats discrimination and encourages greater inclusion of transgender Californians in the work force.

The Transgender Work Opportunity Act will make California the first in the nation to require training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

September 15, 2017

Sending six #EquityAndJustice bills to Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO – Just weeks after the artist and musician Common held a free concert outside the State Capitol for 25,000 people and met with legislators to push for common sense justice reform, the California Legislature approved two long-overdue juvenile justice bills.

September 15, 2017

Senate Bill 568 will move primary to first Tuesday in March

SACRAMENTO, California – Today the California Assembly voted to approve the Prime Time Primary (Senate Bill 568), which will advance California’s presidential primary from one of the last in the nation to one of the first.

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the California Assembly overwhelmingly approved the California Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) with only one dissenting vote. The roll call was left open so final vote tally may change.

Senate Bill 31 will prevent California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after the Senate approved the California Clean Air Initiative (AB 109 and AB 134) to spend nearly $1.5 billion in Cap and Trade funds. Senator Lara created programs that will receive major investments through the Clean Truck and Bus program (SB 1204, 2014) and the Super Pollutant Reduction Act (SB 1383, 2016). AB 134 also expands funding for the Dream Loan program created by SB 1210 (Lara, 2014):

“No matter what happens in Washington, we can count on California to protect our environment.

September 13, 2017

Consumer Arrest Record Equity (CARE) Act (Senate Bill 393) sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly approved Senate Bill 393, the Consumer Arrest Record Equity Act, to seal arrest records and remove barriers to employment and housing for those arrested but not convicted of a crime. The CARE Act is sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

September 12, 2017

Senate Bill 258 has support of consumer advocates and major manufacturers

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), passed the California Assembly 54-14. Senate Bill 258 would make California the first state to require ingredient labeling for common cleaning products used by millions of consumers and workers every day.

September 12, 2017

$10 million announced today will aid California students who face elimination of DACA program and other AB 540-eligible students

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature announced $10 million in funding to help undocumented students pay for college, expanding the Dream Loan program authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).

September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO, California – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) issued the following statement on the newly introduced Senate Bill 183, which would require that ICE agents obtain a warrant before entering a state building, including a California courthouse, school or college:

September 08, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement on the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349):

“I introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act in response to the shocking stories I heard from patients and workers about lack of protections and oversight in this rapidly expanding industry. Dialysis in California is a billion-dollar industry yet we treat it like a Wild West with bare minimum standards.