Press Releases

May 04, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California State Senate overwhelmingly approved the Prime Time Primary (Senate Bill 568) to shift the state’s presidential primary from near last to one of the first in the nation. SB 568 passed the Senate 32-6 with bipartisan support.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Prime Time Primary to give the nation’s largest state a louder voice in the presidential selection.

April 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today California took a major step toward universal health coverage when Senate Health Committee members voted 5-2 to approve the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562). Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) have proposed to cover all California residents with a publicly run plan.

Click here to read the full text of SB 562.

April 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) held a press conference outside the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building in downtown San Diego to highlight the disastrous impact building another wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will have on California’s economy, environment and people.

They spoke as the California Legislature prepares to debate two bills that oppose Trump’s border wall, which could cost American taxpayers billions of dollars.

April 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 36 to recognize the contributions and resilience of California’s Cambodian American community. SCR 36 proclaims Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Week from April 17 to April 23.

Cambodian Americans from across California journeyed to Sacramento for the vote, including many from Long Beach, which hosted the first Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day in 2015.

April 11, 2017

Prime Time Primary (Senate Bill 568) will ensure California voters’ voice is heard in 2020


SACRAMENTO, CA – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) are calling for California voters to have an earlier say in the Presidential Primary process.

California typically has a June primary. The late timing dilutes California’s impact and influence in the Presidential Primary nomination process.

April 03, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the California Senate resoundingly approved the California Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a bipartisan vote of 36-0. Senate Bill 31 will prevent California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

March 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released details about their landmark Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562) to create universal health coverage for every California resident.

The Healthy California Act will cover all California residents with comprehensive care for all services. Every Californian will have one plan with more choice.

Read the Healthy California Act at

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted 5-2 to approve the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258), authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).


March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – With the Trump Administration poised to expand immigration detention nationwide, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 29, the Dignity not Detention bill authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), by a 5-2 vote.

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Nine days after introducing a comprehensive bill package to reform California’s criminal justice system for juveniles and young adults, five of the measures have passed their initial policy tests.

The latest action came today as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved bills to eliminate court fees on those found innocent and to keep records sealed on those not convicted of a crime.