Press Releases

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recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to reduce the number of preventable deaths caused by out-of-date bus safety standards.

Lara Bill Allowing Children to Attend School where Live-in Working Parents Reside Sent to Governor

July 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —The California State Assembly today approved unanimously a policy 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.

Lara Responds to Budget Deal that Includes $40 Million to Cover Immigrant Children

June 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislative leaders made history today by reaching a budget deal that includes a $40 million allocation to cover 170,000 immigrant children through Medi-Cal. This effort is a major tenet of Senator Lara’s efforts to cover all Californians, regardless of immigration status through Senate Bill 4, known as the Health for All Act.

Senator Lara released the following statement in response to today’s budget deal:

Historic Senate Bipartisan Vote Advances Nation’s First Bill to Expand Health Care Coverage for Undocumented Californians

June 02, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Senate made history today by approving Senate Bill 4 authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to expand coverage to California’s undocumented population. Known as the Health for All Act, the measure provides a realistic and cost-sensitive approach to covering one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. By a vote of 28 - 11, the advancement of this bill marks the first time any legislative body in the United States approves a measure to expand access to health care for their respective undocumented population.

Senate Passes Lara Bill Protecting Youth from Abuse at Residential Facilities with Bipartisan Support

June 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 524 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) which defines private residential facilities for youth and requires them to obtain a license from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to protect youth health and safety. The measure passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 31 to 1.
 

Key Committee Vote Advances Historic Bill to Expand Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Californians

May 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill to expand access to healthcare for California’s undocumented population cleared a key vote in the California Senate Appropriations Committee today by a vote of 5 to 2. Senate Bill 4 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first proposal of its kind introduced in the country.  

Senator Lara's Reaction to Governor’s May Revise

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement:

The Governor’s proposed budget represents the strength of California’s economy and the importance of investing more money for schools, combating poverty, addressing our drought and integrating New Americans. 

Statement by Senator Lara on Release of Health for All Fiscal Analysis

May 04, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement regarding the Senate Appropriations Analysis on Senate Bill 4 after the measure was advanced to the Suspense File:

Senate Unanimously Approves Lara Bill Allowing Children to Attend School where Live-in Working Parents Reside

April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —The California Senate today approved unanimously a policy 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.