Press Releases

June 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Climate Safe California, Senate Bill 30, to promote the nation’s first insurance market that can help reduce protect communities from climate-caused disasters.

SB 30 orders the Department of Insurance to create a working group to recommend market-based policies that protect California’s “natural infrastructure” and mitigate climate impacts.

The Assembly Insurance Committee unanimously passed the bill today.  

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released a statement after the Assembly Health Committee approved health coverage for all seniors with the 11-4 passage of Senate Bill 974, Health4All Elders. SB 974 would extend the state’s low-income Medi-Cal program to all Californians age 65 and over regardless of their immigration status.

June 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) joined education leaders to praise budget investments that support immigrant students in California’s public colleges and universities.

The budget includes $21 million in funding for the University of California, California State University, and the California Community Colleges to provide legal services for undocumented and immigrant students.

June 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A key Assembly policy committee today approved three measures in a package of sweeping reforms of how California’s criminal justice system treats youths and young adults.

The bills approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee are part of the #EquityAndJustice package jointly authored by Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Ricardo Lara. The two Los Angeles-area Democrats proposed the measures as part of major justice reforms that put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

May 31, 2018

Senate Bill 1402 would allow California to hold major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Senate approved Senate Bill 1402, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to end the rampant exploitation of truck drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.

May 30, 2018

Senator Lara and Assemblymember Arambula bills would extend state’s low-income Medi-Cal program to all Californians age 65 and over and 25 and under

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature approved two bills in separate votes today that extend health coverage to all residents age 65 and over and 25 and under who qualify for low-income assistance -- including the state’s undocumented residents.

May 30, 2018

California Cooling Act (SB 1013) would restore rules threatened by legal attack by foreign companies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today California took a bold step in the global fight against super-pollutants in refrigeration as the Senate passed the California Cooling Act, Senate Bill 1013, authored by Senator Lara (D-Bell Gardens).

May 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that allowed for sentencing the youngest teens to the adult criminal justice system.  

May 29, 2018

Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act (SB 824) prohibits insurance cancellation for one year following a state of emergency and collects much-needed insurance data on risk

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Following last year’s devastating wildfires, homeowners who survived the flames faced a new disaster: the possibility of losing their home insurance to cancellation or non-renewal.

May 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Appropriations Chair Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement after the committee held its suspense file hearing today in the Capitol. A summary of actions taken today will be posted at the Senate Appropriations Committee website:

“California’s fiscal outlook is the strongest it has been in a generation. As always, this committee has made our deliberations in conjunction with the budget process.