Press Releases

Californians for a Healthy California Act Seeks One Plan, More Choice for Residents

February 17, 2017

Today Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Sen. Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562).

“Healthy California gives everyone insurance, because everyone has a right to health care. Trump and the Republicans don’t get to pick the health care winners and losers, and we’ll never get to 100% health care in California unless we lead.” – Senator Ricardo Lara

Senator Lara to Join the California Air Resources Board

February 15, 2017

Today Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) named Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to the California Air Resources Board, which leads the state’s efforts to reduce air pollution and protect public health.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 197 last year to add two members of the Legislature as ex officio members representing communities in the state that bear the burden of high levels of pollution, including communities with diverse racial and ethnic populations and communities with low-income populations.

Senator Lara Proposes Dialysis Patient Safety Act to Raise Standards for Life-Saving Care

February 14, 2017

SB 349 requires annual inspections of more than 550 dialysis clinics and ensures safe staffing levels

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349) today to protect dialysis patients and improve care at more than 550 California dialysis clinics.

Senator Lara Introduces Bill to Require Companies ‘Come Clean’ on Cleaning Product Ingredients

February 08, 2017

Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258) will require companies to list ingredients on labels and online to help protect consumers and workers – a first in the nation

Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB 258) to require detailed ingredient labels on cleaning products sold in the state. The bill will give full disclosure about what is in the products millions of families and domestic workers use every day.

Lara Introduces "Fight for California" Legislative Package

December 05, 2016

 Requires voter approval for border wall, defends against "Muslim database" and ends for-profit immigration detention contracts

Senator Lara Releases Letter Urging DHS to End For Profit Detention Centers

October 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) sent the letter below urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its use of private immigration detention facilities. In August, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that DHS would review their immigration detention practices. The full text of the letter can be found below:

Governor Signs Bill to Protect LGBT Students Against Discrimination at Private Universities

September 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1146 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require private universities receiving public funds to publicly disclose if they discriminate against students on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Title IX exempt private universities receiving state funding in the form of Cal Grants will need to notify students and staff about their lack non-discrimination protections.

 

Statement by Senator Ricardo Lara on the Governor's Veto of Senate Bill 1289, The Dignity Not Detention Act

September 28, 2016

 

SACRAMENTO, CA— ​In response to Governor Jerry Brown veto of Senate Bill 1289, the Dignity Not Detention Act, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement:

Governor Brown Signs Groundbreaking CURES Database Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

September 27, 2016

 

SACRAMENTO, CA—Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 482 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require all prescribers issuing schedule II, III, and IV drugs to consult California’s Controlled Substance Utilizations Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing. This will help prescribers make informed decisions about their patient’s care and limit the number of people who doctor shop and overuse prescriptions drugs.