Press Releases

March 23, 2017

RIVERSIDE, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement as the California Air Resources Board adopted a plan to curb short-lived climate pollutants that are a major cause of air pollution and poor health. Sen. Lara joined the Board as an ex officio member in February 2017.

March 23, 2017

Proposals in Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (Senate Bill 258) enjoy strong bipartisan support

SACRAMENTO, CA – A new poll shows California voters overwhelmingly support legislation to require ingredient labeling on cleaning products sold in the state. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258) to require detailed ingredient labels on cleaning products sold in the state.

March 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Barely 24 hours after their formal introduction, three landmark juvenile justice bills joint authored by Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won approval today in their first hearing at the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Senate Bill 190 – Juvenile Fees
Ends the harmful, unlawful and costly assessment and collection of administrative fees against families with youth in the juvenile justice system.

March 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) today introduced a package of bills to keep young children out of the juvenile justice system and fix longstanding inequity for youth and adults.

The two Senate leaders are joint authors on bills that together seek major justice reforms for juveniles and adults.

Their action kicks off a two-month celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark May 15, 1967, U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended Miranda rights to young people accused of crimes.

March 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

March 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the Trump Administration targeting people for unconstitutional actions based on their religion, race and national origin, the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Appriopriations Committee on Monday, March 13, along with other bills to protect Californians’ privacy and freedom.

March 06, 2017

For immediate release: Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement on House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Lara is joint author of the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which will create universal healthcare plan to cover all Californians.

February 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today released the following statement in response to a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 958, which he authored and was signed into law in 2016. SB958 established the Citizens Redistricting Commission in the County of Los Angeles:

“It took a voting rights lawsuit to create the first Latino-majority district on the board more than 20 years ago.

February 17, 2017

Today Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Sen. Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562).

The Healthy California Act will create one health plan with more choices for all Californians and guarantee the right to healthcare. Learn more at

February 15, 2017

Today Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) named Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to the California Air Resources Board, which leads the state’s efforts to reduce air pollution and protect public health.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 197 last year to add two members of the Legislature as ex officio members representing communities in the state that bear the burden of high levels of pollution, including communities with diverse racial and ethnic populations and communities with low-income populations.