Press Releases

Lara Introduces "Fight for California" Legislative Package

December 05, 2016

 Requires voter approval for border wall, defends against "Muslim database" and ends for-profit immigration detention contracts

Senator Lara Releases Letter Urging DHS to End For Profit Detention Centers

October 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) sent the letter below urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its use of private immigration detention facilities. In August, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that DHS would review their immigration detention practices. The full text of the letter can be found below:

Governor Signs Bill to Protect LGBT Students Against Discrimination at Private Universities

September 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1146 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require private universities receiving public funds to publicly disclose if they discriminate against students on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Title IX exempt private universities receiving state funding in the form of Cal Grants will need to notify students and staff about their lack non-discrimination protections.


Statement by Senator Ricardo Lara on the Governor's Veto of Senate Bill 1289, The Dignity Not Detention Act

September 28, 2016


SACRAMENTO, CA— ​In response to Governor Jerry Brown veto of Senate Bill 1289, the Dignity Not Detention Act, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement:

Governor Brown Signs Groundbreaking CURES Database Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

September 27, 2016


SACRAMENTO, CA—Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 482 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require all prescribers issuing schedule II, III, and IV drugs to consult California’s Controlled Substance Utilizations Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing. This will help prescribers make informed decisions about their patient’s care and limit the number of people who doctor shop and overuse prescriptions drugs.

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.