Press Releases

Healthy California Act Wins Support from Senate Committee in Push for Universal Healthcare

April 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today California took a major step toward universal health coverage when Senate Health Committee members voted 5-2 to approve the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562). Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) have proposed to cover all California residents with a publicly run plan.

Click here to read the full text of SB 562.

Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Ask Businesses to Take Taxpayers’ Side on Wasteful Border Wall

April 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) held a press conference outside the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building in downtown San Diego to highlight the disastrous impact building another wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will have on California’s economy, environment and people.

They spoke as the California Legislature prepares to debate two bills that oppose Trump’s border wall, which could cost American taxpayers billions of dollars.

Secretary of State Padilla and Senator Lara Announce Legislation Moving Up California’s Presidential Primary

April 11, 2017

Prime Time Primary (Senate Bill 568) will ensure California voters’ voice is heard in 2020


SACRAMENTO, CA – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) are calling for California voters to have an earlier say in the Presidential Primary process.

California typically has a June primary. The late timing dilutes California’s impact and influence in the Presidential Primary nomination process.

California Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Senator Lara’s Religious Freedom Act

April 03, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the California Senate resoundingly approved the California Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a bipartisan vote of 36-0. 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.

Sens. Lara and Atkins Release Key Details on Healthy California Act to Give Every Resident One Plan with More Choice

March 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released details about their landmark Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562) to create universal health coverage for every California resident.

The Healthy California Act will cover all California residents with comprehensive care for all services. Every Californian will have one plan with more choice.

Read the Healthy California Act at

Cleaning Product Labeling Law Wins Approval from Key Environmental Committee

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted 5-2 to approve the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258), authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).


Senator Lara ‘Dignity not Detention’ Bill Will End Cities’ Role in Immigrant Detention for Profit and Enforce Human Rights Standards Statewide

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – With the Trump Administration poised to expand immigration detention nationwide, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 29, the Dignity not Detention bill authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), by a 5-2 vote.

#EquityAndJustice Bills to Keep Arrest Records Sealed and Cut Fees on the Innocent Pass Key Policy Committee

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Nine days after introducing a comprehensive bill package to reform California’s criminal justice system for juveniles and young adults, five of the measures have passed their initial policy tests.

The latest action came today as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved bills to eliminate court fees on those found innocent and to keep records sealed on those not convicted of a crime.

Statement of Senator Lara on Air Resources Board’s Adoption of Nation’s Toughest Rules on Super-Pollutants

March 23, 2017

RIVERSIDE, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement as the California Air Resources Board adopted a plan to curb short-lived climate pollutants that are a major cause of air pollution and poor health. Sen. Lara joined the Board as an ex officio member in February 2017.

POLL: Californians Overwhelmingly Support Right to Know Legislation for Cleaning Product Ingredients

March 23, 2017

Proposals in Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (Senate Bill 258) enjoy strong bipartisan support

SACRAMENTO, CA – A new poll shows California voters overwhelmingly support legislation to require ingredient labeling on cleaning products sold in the state. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258) to require detailed ingredient labels on cleaning products sold in the state.