Press Releases

May 03, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Senate passed the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act (Senate Bill 946), which ends criminal penalties for sidewalk vendors statewide and puts them on a path to having a safe and legal business.

May 01, 2018

The California Inclusion Act, Senate Bill 174, rewrites discriminatory 146-year-old law  enacted in time of exclusion and fear

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 174, the California Inclusion Act, which opens civil service on local and state boards and commissions to all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

April 24, 2018

Senate Bill 1402 would hold major retailers liable when trucking companies fail to pay employees and taxes

SACRAMENTO, CA – Port truckers from Northern and Southern California joined environmental, labor, and community groups at the State Capitol in support of Senate Bill 1402, which Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced to end the rampant exploitation of drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.

April 11, 2018

Mayors of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland united in support of Senate Bill 1402, which holds major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 1402 to end the rampant exploitation of truck drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.

April 03, 2018

Senate Public Safety Committee holds first hearings for Senate Bills 1391, 1392 and 1393

SACRAMENTO – Today Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) announced four new bills that reform juvenile and adult criminal.

The #EquityAndJustice2018 package includes bills that give healthcare and other support to exonerated people after prison, reform mandatory sentencing rules, and require youth age 14 and 15 who commit crimes be tried as juveniles not as adults.

March 22, 2018

Substance Use Disorder Patient Protection Act (Senate Bill 1228) will ban “patient brokering” and raise standards for treatment of addiction

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) took a major step toward rooting out insurance fraud and improving care for patients in recovery from addiction with the introduction of the Substance Use Disorder Patient Protection Act, Senate Bill 1228.

March 06, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The following statement is in response to reports that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will sue the state of California over laws that block the Trump Administration from expanding detention of immigrants. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) authored Senate Bill 29, which prevents California cities from expanding contracts with for-profit prison companies to detain immigrants and requires public input on any expansion of ICE-operated facilities. SB 29 is a counterpart to AB 103, which blocked the expansion of immigrant detention in public jails:

February 07, 2018

SB 1013 would keep California in the lead on reducing HFCs after federal court deals blow to Obama Administration rules

SACRAMENTO – Today California Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the California Cooling Act (Senate Bill 1013) to target dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners.\

February 06, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – With California setting a goal of 5 million Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced the ZEV Equity Act (Senate Bill 957) to open carpool lanes to drivers of used clean air vehicles.

February 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara released the following statement in response to a federal court decision undermining clean air rules. Senator Lara is the author of proposed legislation, the California Cooling Act, which seeks to reduce super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in refrigerators.