Press Releases

April 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Legislation to clarify California law when it comes to recording police officers cleared the Senate today by a vote of 31-3. Senate Bill 411 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) reinforces the First Amendment and underscores recording protections for civilians and police.

April 08, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to update California’s existing criminal laws protecting elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices. Senate Bill 716 follows on the heels of similar prohibitions enacted in the cities of Los Angeles and Oakland and Feld Entertainment’s recent announcement of an end to traveling elephants in the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circuses by 2018.

April 07, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced provisions of his 2015 Health for All Act, Senate Bill 4, to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. The bill will expand Medi-Cal for those who are income-eligible and directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver from the Federal government to allow undocumented immigrants the ability to purchase insurance from state’s health care exchange, Covered California.

March 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —  Senator Ricardo Lara’s (Bell Gardens) resolution to place a statue of American pioneer Sally Ride in the Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol received unanimous bipartisan support today in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee by a vote of 10-0. Senate Joint Resolution 4 would make Sally Ride the first woman to represent California and the first member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to be placed in the Statuary Hall.

March 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) that would update California’s school residency laws advanced out of the Senate Education Committee today unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 8-0. The bill, SB200, would ensure that live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids, and gardeners, whose children live at their place of employment are able to attend school in the district in which they work if they reside there for at least three days of the week.

March 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) who authored Senate Bill 712 which would close down Exide, released the following statement in response to news that the facility in Vernon will be closed:

"The news that Exide is finally to be closed will bring great relief to my constituents, who for decades have been exposed to toxic levels of lead and arsenic emissions from their Vernon facility.

March 04, 2015

Bill would clarify individuals’ and police’s First Amendment right to record in public places

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to clarify that recording public safety officers in the course of their duties does not constitute an obstruction of an officer. Senate Bill 411 reinforces the First Amendment and underscores recording protections for civilians and police.

March 03, 2015

Captain Wendy Lawrence, Sally Ride’s family, students from Sally Ride Elementary School, LGBT and Women’s leaders join Senator Lara in supporting Senate Joint Resolution 4

February 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced today that he will continue leading the California Senate Select Committee on Ports & Goods Movement. The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the committee by a vote of 5-0 and reappointed Senator Lara as Committee Chair. The announcement comes at a critical time when contract negotiations between shipping companies and dockworkers have stalled, prompting U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to intervene.

February 11, 2015

SB 200 will clarify that children of live-in employees such as caregivers, nannies, housekeepers and gardeners, can attend local schools where their parents live and work a majority of the work week