Press Releases

November 27, 2017

BELL GARDENS, CA – The following is a statement from Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) on the passing of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Harry Pregerson:

“Judge Harry Pregerson’s remarkable career honored the dignity and vibrancy of the immigrant community of East Los Angeles where he was raised and which he never forgot.

“Judge Pregerson will be best remembered for the freeway and major public works that bear his name, but his example of service lives on in the homeless shelter he founded in an abandoned federal facility in Bell.

November 14, 2017

Legislation will build on Super Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016 to reach tough new standards for cutting emissions

BONN, GERMANY – Today, at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference, California Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) proposed legislation to reduce dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners that are the fastest growing source of greenhouse emissions in California and around the world. 

November 08, 2017

Legislation has helped lead to more than $1 billion for clean trucks and buses, set tough standards for reducing black carbon and other super-pollutants

SACRAMENTO, CA – California environmental champion Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) will join the state’s delegation at the United Nations COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 9-15.

October 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Brown signed the Transgender Work Opportunity Act (Senate Bill 396), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to make California the first in the nation to require training that will help transgender workers to overcome high unemployment and lack of inclusion.

October 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today Governor Brown joined Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature in support of our core Constitutional values by signing the California Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). The urgency clause included in this bill means that this bill becomes law today.

October 15, 2017

Senate Bill 258 embraced by environmental groups, consumers and manufacturers – will lead to disclosure of hazardous chemicals and allergens in household and workplace cleaners

October 11, 2017

Includes juvenile justice bills to end fees for the innocent, update Miranda rights, and allow parole for youthful offenders

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed the five remaining bills in the #EquityAndJustice package, continuing bipartisan reform of California’s juvenile and adult justice systems.

October 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 563, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which formally establishes a Wood Smoke Reduction Program at the Air Resources Board and helps Californians transition from wood-burning devices to cleaner, healthier alternatives.

October 05, 2017

Today Governor Brown signed three bills authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to protect the rights and expand opportunities of immigrants and students. Read more below about Senate Bill 29 (moratorium on for-profit immigration detention), Senate Bill 68 (in-state tuition), and Senate Bill 257 (exiled students).

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.