Press Releases

July 01, 2011

AB 176 ensures all students are treated equally when seeking admission to post-secondary standardized exams

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 176 authored by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) making higher education more accessible to all Californians.   The measure requires test sponsors of post-secondary standardized exams like the GRE, MCAT, LSAT and GMAT to provide alternative methods for verifying a student's identity when he or she is unable to provide the required identification.

June 21, 2011

AB 176 ensures all students are treated equally when seeking admission to post-secondary standardized exams

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly voted to send Governor Jerry Brown Assembly Bill 176 authored by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to make higher education more accessible to all Californians.  The Assembly passed AB 176 with a 50-20 vote.

June 21, 2011

Resolution urges the President and Congress to increase the supply of physicians and graduate medical residency positions available in California

June 15, 2011

Budget Deficit Gap Closed

Sacramento, Calif. – Today Democrats met the Constitutional deadline to pass a balanced budget. While midyear solutions approved in March included $11 billion dollars in expenditure reductions, this proposal solves the remaining $9.6 billion budget problem, and includes a total reserve of $1 billion. While this budget is not perfect, most elements within it provide a compromise to keep our state moving forward and prevent further negative impacts on working families.

June 06, 2011

Assembly Member Ricardo Lara Worked on AB540 under Late Assembly Member Marco Firebaugh

June 03, 2011

Gross Mismanagement Led Lara to Call for Commission Member’s Resignation After an Earlier Joint Legislative Audit Committee Hearing

June 03, 2011

AB 165 Will Help Identify, Eliminate and Prevent Illegal Student Fees

Sacramento, Calif. – Assembly Bill 165 by Assemblymember Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) received bipartisan support in the Assembly today with a 53-19 vote. AB 165 will put complaint and auditing procedures into place that will help identify, eliminate, and prevent the charging of illegal student fees in violation of a student’s constitutional right to a free public education.

June 01, 2011

AB 925 (Lara) Extends Basic Rights to Classified School Employees

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 925 by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) passed the Assembly with a 48-28 vote this week. The bill protects the rights and benefits of classified employees - such as janitors, food service workers, and teacher assistants – at independent charter schools by adding language to the California Education Code to provide a floor of minimum rights.

June 01, 2011

AB 229 and AB 187 Ensure Transparency and Oversight in Local Government

SACRAMENTO – Continuing his fight for transparency and oversight in local government, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) received unanimous bipartisan support for his legislative package today. "We must incorporate transparency and oversight to restore the public’s trust in their local government. The bipartisan support we are garnering in the Assembly proves that everyone is ready for real change," said Assembly Member Lara.

May 23, 2011

ACR 34 (Lara) acknowledges and celebrates the history and accomplishments of California’s ethnic studies programs