Press Releases

October 05, 2017

Students who leave state because of deportation or inmate transfer can fall years behind in school

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 257, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which protects the education of California students exiled out of state because of the forced departure of a parent.

October 05, 2017

Senate Bill 29 expands public oversight of private companies profiting from immigrants


SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 29, the Dignity Not Detention bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to block the expansion of for-profit detention of immigrants in California.

October 05, 2017

Responding to stories of community college and nontraditional students who fell through the cracks


SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 68, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which expands the state’s landmark AB 540 (2001) to make undocumented students at community college and other programs eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid.

October 04, 2017

Senate Bill 788 opens the state’s second-most-enrolled profession and creates economic opportunity


SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 788, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which removes barriers to access the insurance agent and insurance broker licenses, the second most enrolled profession in California.

September 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has approved a plan to move California’s primary election from one of the last, to one of the first in the nation. Senate Bill 568, The Prime Time Primary Act received bipartisan support in the State Legislature.

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.