Press Releases

Statement by Senator Ricardo Lara Regarding Secretary Jeh C. Johnson's Decision to Review Privatized Immigration Detention

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) who is authoring first-in-the-nation legislation to prevent cities and counties from contracting with for-profit immigration detention centers in California, reacted to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson's announcement this morning that the Federal government would review its current practices with regard to these facilities.

Sen. Lara's Resolution Urging Feds to Provide Due Process, Legal Representation for Unaccompanied Minors Approved in Senate

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presented today a resolution calling on the federal government to provide unaccompanied minors due process by providing government-funded attorneys to all indigent children fighting deportation or seeking asylum. Senate Joint Resolution 28 was approved by a vote of 31-2. 


Lara, Garcia Team Up on Central Basin Accountability Legislation

August 08, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) announced today the Central Basin Accountability Package to enact reforms within the embattled Water District. The two legislators will consolidate their two legislative proposals, Senate Bill 953 (Lara) and Assembly Bill 1794 (Garcia) to realize their shared vision to protect taxpayers. Both legislators will be co- authors on the package.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Requesting #Health4All Waiver from Feds

June 13, 2016

California to become first state to request waiver allowing undocumented residents to purchase health insurance through state exchange


#Health4All Waiver Approved in Senate with Bipartisan Support, Advances to Governor Brown

June 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – An historic measure authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was approved in a bipartisan vote of 27 to 8 today and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration. Senate Bill 10, known as the #Health4All Waiver, will remove barriers to the health insurance market by directing the state to seek permission from the federal government to allow undocumented Californians to purchase their own health insurance through the Covered California Health Insurance Exchange.

Statement by Senator Lara in Response to Being Reappointed to the Budget Conference Committee

May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León announced today​ the appointment of Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to a third term on the influential Budget Conference Committee. In response, Senator Lara released the following statement:

Lara Bill Would Protect LGBTQ Students Against Discrimination at Private Universities

April 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced legislation to close a loophole that allows private universities to discriminate against students and staff based on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Senate Bill 1146 would require universities who are granted a Title IX exemption to disclose that information to the California Student Aid Commission and disseminate the information to students and staff.

Lara Announces ‘Dignity Not Detention Act’ to Prevent City and Counties from Contracting with Private For-Profit Immigration Detention Facilities

April 05, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced the Dignity Not Detention Act to help close a gap in the mistreatment of immigrants by taking a stand against the mass incarceration and inhumane immigration detention conditions. Senate Bill 1289 will prohibit local city and county actors from being complicit in allowing private, for-profit companies from operating immigration detention facilities in California and require all other detention facilities to uphold national humane treatment standards. 

Sen. Lara Introduces Resolution Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Late Latino Political Pioneer Edward Ross Roybal

April 05, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced Senate Concurrent Resolution 126 to commemorate the 100 birthday of the late legendary Latino political trailblazer Edward Ross Roybal.