Press Releases

Brown Signs Major Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Eliminating Fees to Seal Records

October 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 504 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to make sealing records for juvenile youth free and easing re-entry after serving their sentence. Current sealing fees create economic barriers on an already vulnerable population trying to get their lives in order.

Bill Ensuring Successful Implementation of Health for All Kids Budget Heads to Governor

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA –Today, Senate Bill 4, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), was given the green light by the State Assembly. The bill was tailored to ensure that the recent Health for All Kids Budget Action is successfully implemented, covering all income-eligible children under the state Medi-Cal program. 

CA Senate Becomes First Legislative Body to Pass Syrian Refugee Resolution

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA –The California State Senate today approved Senate Resolution 52 by a unanimous bipartisan vote of 40-0 which urges the President and Congress to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted in the United States in light of the deadly humanitarian crisis. Below are Senator Lara’s remarks delivered tonight on the Senate Floor: 

Nation’s First Statewide Bill to Ban the Use of Bullhooks Heads to Governor

August 31, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to update California’s criminal laws protecting elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices now heads to the Governor’s desk for consideration after a bipartisan 28-8 concurrence vote in the State Senate. The bill would become the nation’s first statewide ban on bullhooks. 

Health for All Clears Crucial Assembly Fiscal Committee

August 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – A day after a poll was released finding that 58% of registered California voters support expanding health care access to undocumented Californians, Senate Bill 4 authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) continued its momentum by clearing the important Assembly Appropriations Committee.

CA Assembly Greenlights Nation’s First Statewide Bill to Ban the Use of Bullhooks Against Elephants

August 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to update California’s criminal laws protecting elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices passed the Assembly today by a bipartisan vote of 59-7. The bill, which now heads to the Senate for concurrence, would become the nation’s first statewide law to protect elephants against bullhooks. 

Lara Requests Audit to Evaluate Effectiveness of Corporate Tax Credits and Incentives

August 25, 2015


SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) requested that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approve an audit of California corporate tax expenditures, to determine their effectiveness and benefit to the state. According to a report from the Department of Finance, California invests over $5 billion dollars each year on tax credits for corporations. The audit was approved with bipartisan support. 

Governor Brown Signs Lara Bill Updating School Residency Rules Inspired by Incident at Orinda USD

August 11, 2015


SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Jerry Brown announced today the signing of Senate Bill 200, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to allow children to attend school where their live-in working parents reside. SB 200 would update California’s school residency laws to ensure that live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids, and gardeners, whose children live at their place of employment are able to attend school in the district in which they work, if they reside there for at least three days of the week.

Governor Brown Signs Right to Record Act

August 11, 2015


SACRAMENTO, CA —Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 411 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to clarify that civilians’ right to record public safety officers in California is permissible under the law. Known as the “Right to Record Act,” SB411 has received bipartisan support as it advanced through the legislature and onto the Governor’s desk. 

Lara Introduces Sweeping Bus Safety Legislation to Align CA Standards with Federal Recommendations

July 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 247 today, which will adopt the safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to reduce the number of preventable deaths caused by out-of-date bus safety standards.