Press Releases

Landmark Juvenile Justice Bills by Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell Win Approval by Senate Committee

March 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Barely 24 hours after their formal introduction, three landmark juvenile justice bills joint authored by Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won approval today in their first hearing at the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Senate Bill 190 – Juvenile Fees
Ends the harmful, unlawful and costly assessment and collection of administrative fees against families with youth in the juvenile justice system.

Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell Champion Breakthrough Bills to Create Equity and Justice for Juveniles and Adults

March 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) today introduced a package of bills to keep young children out of the juvenile justice system and fix longstanding inequity for youth and adults.

The two Senate leaders are joint authors on bills that together seek major justice reforms for juveniles and adults.

Their action kicks off a two-month celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark May 15, 1967, U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended Miranda rights to young people accused of crimes.

Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Senator Lara’s Religious Freedom Act

March 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

Senator Lara’s Religious Freedom Act Set for Hearing on Monday, March 13

March 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the Trump Administration targeting people for unconstitutional actions based on their religion, race and national origin, the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Appriopriations Committee on Monday, March 13, along with other bills to protect Californians’ privacy and freedom.

Senator Lara’s Statement on Republicans’ Plan to Cut Californians’ Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act

March 06, 2017

For immediate release: Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement on House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Lara is joint author of the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which will create universal healthcare plan to cover all Californians.

Senator Lara Statement in Response to Los Angeles County Lawsuit Over Citizens Redistricting Law

February 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today released the following statement in response to a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 958, which he authored and was signed into law in 2016. SB958 established the Citizens Redistricting Commission in the County of Los Angeles:

“It took a voting rights lawsuit to create the first Latino-majority district on the board more than 20 years ago.

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).

The Healthy California Act will create one health plan with more choices for all Californians and guarantee the right to healthcare. Learn more at

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