Press Releases

February 14, 2017

SB 349 requires annual inspections of more than 550 dialysis clinics and ensures safe staffing levels

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349) today to protect dialysis patients and improve care at more than 550 California dialysis clinics.

February 08, 2017

Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258) will require companies to list ingredients on labels and online to help protect consumers and workers – a first in the nation

December 05, 2016

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

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:

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.

 

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:

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.

September 14, 2016

 

With Approval, California’s Obamacare exchange could offer unsubsidized health plans to undocumented immigrants

August 31, 2016

Bill sets reduction goals of 50% black carbon, 40% methane and 40% HFC gases in California by 2030