Press Releases

February 17, 2012

Radio Recordings in Both English and Spanish

SACRAMENTO - In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymembers Marty Block (D-San Diego) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), encourage students and families to show their support for the Middle Class Scholarship Act by sharing their own stories and struggles as they work to pay for the increasing cost of higher education. Block recorded his address in English, while Lara recorded a Spanish-language version.

February 07, 2012

Lara, a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, celebrates the Court's decision and vows to continue to fight until same-sex marriage is made a reality

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, today released the following statement in response to the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision holding Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.

February 06, 2012

ACR 101 declares February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 03, 2012

AB 1575 introduced in wake of recent ACLU lawsuit victory

February 01, 2012

Factors for rising costs, and strategies to control these costs for students discussed

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) chaired an oversight hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on the affordability of college textbooks.  The hearing focused on the significant rise in textbook costs for students as well as strategies to help control the costs.

January 31, 2012

AB1564 will deter nonprofits from failing to report incidents of child sexual abuse and strengthens current mandated reporting laws

Sacramento - In an effort to protect children from sexual abuse, today Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced AB 1564, a bill that would strip nonprofits of their tax exempt status if a mandated reporter within the organization is convicted of failing to report an incident of child sexual abuse.

January 19, 2012

Sacramento - Assembly Member Ricardo Lara's (D-Bell Gardens) AB 1325, an identity theft and consumer protection bill is headed to the Assembly floor with unanimous bipartisan support.

January 19, 2012

AB 1345 provides safeguards to protect taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse

January 10, 2012

SACRAMENTO – In response to numerous complaints of identity theft received by the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office and a recent LA Times article which highlighted the story of an 80 year-old woman whose address  was used as headquarters for an enterprise, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced  AB 1325, an identity theft and consumer protection bill.

November 23, 2011

Legislation will tighten reporting requirements and deter nonprofit organizations from concealing sexual abuse