Press Releases

July 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) that reduces the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence from one year to 364 days, preventing deportation triggers for legal immigrants who commit a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for one year, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.

June 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO —Today, the California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) cleared the Assembly Education Committee. The bill, SB 1174, would place an initiative before voters on the November 2016 ballot and ask them to amend portions of Proposition 227 which limits public school instruction to English-only.

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Today, a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) that would ensure public facilities for changing babies’ diapers are equally available to both men and women advanced out of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee by a vote of 12 to 1.

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO —Today, the California Dream Loan Program authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) which would establish at the University of California and California State University a loan program for “dreamers,” cleared the Assembly Higher Education Committee by a vote of 8 to 2.

May 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO —Today, the California DREAM Loan Program authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) which would establish at the University of California and California State University a loan program for “DREAMERS” cleared the Senate by a vote of 26 to 11.

May 23, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, bills authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) focusing on expanding access to education, promoting environmental sustainability and improving accountability in public service cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee.

May 23, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – The first-in-the-nation legislation to expand health care coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status, was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee today, giving the Senate additional time to identify funding solutions. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach), author of SB 1005, vowed to work with Senate colleagues and interested stakeholders through the summer to advance the legislation known as the Health for All Act. 

May 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, SB 1441 introduced by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senator Ricardo Lara (D- Huntington Park/ Long Beach) and Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), as part of the California Accountability in Public Service (CAPS) Act package of ethics reform bills, cleared the Senate with unanimous support by a vote of 33 to 0. The bill bans fundraisers at lobbyist homes and firms.