Press Releases

June 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislative leaders made history today by reaching a budget deal that includes a $40 million allocation to cover 170,000 immigrant children through Medi-Cal. This effort is a major tenet of Senator Lara’s efforts to cover all Californians, regardless of immigration status through Senate Bill 4, known as the Health for All Act.

Senator Lara released the following statement in response to today’s budget deal:

June 02, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Senate made history today by approving Senate Bill 4 authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to expand coverage to California’s undocumented population. Known as the Health for All Act, the measure provides a realistic and cost-sensitive approach to covering one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. By a vote of 28 - 11, the advancement of this bill marks the first time any legislative body in the United States approves a measure to expand access to health care for their respective undocumented population.

June 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 524 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) which defines private residential facilities for youth and requires them to obtain a license from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to protect youth health and safety. The measure passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 31 to 1.

May 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill to expand access to healthcare for California’s undocumented population cleared a key vote in the California Senate Appropriations Committee today by a vote of 5 to 2. Senate Bill 4 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first proposal of its kind introduced in the country.  

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement:

The Governor’s proposed budget represents the strength of California’s economy and the importance of investing more money for schools, combating poverty, addressing our drought and integrating New Americans. 

May 04, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement regarding the Senate Appropriations Analysis on Senate Bill 4 after the measure was advanced to the Suspense File:

April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —The California Senate today approved unanimously a policy by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to allow children to attend school where their live-in working parents reside. SB 200 would update California’s school residency laws to 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. 

April 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, SB10 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to establish the California Office of New Americans cleared the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization by a vote of 7 to 0. SB 10 would clearly define a statewide lead to take charge and assess, coordinate, streamline and develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for California’s immigrant integration efforts both in the short and long term. 

April 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee approve a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require prescribers to check the California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) - a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. The Committee voted 7 to 1 to advance SB482.  

April 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to increase the accessibility of record sealing for adjudicated youth by removing the fee associated with expungement cleared the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 5 to 2.