Press Releases

May 31, 2016


SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León announced today​ the appointment of Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to a third term on the influential Budget Conference Committee. In response, Senator Lara released the following statement:

April 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced legislation to close a loophole that allows private universities to discriminate against students and staff based on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Senate Bill 1146 would require universities who are granted a Title IX exemption to disclose that information to the California Student Aid Commission and disseminate the information to students and staff.

April 05, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced the Dignity Not Detention Act to help close a gap in the mistreatment of immigrants by taking a stand against the mass incarceration and inhumane immigration detention conditions. Senate Bill 1289 will prohibit local city and county actors from being complicit in allowing private, for-profit companies from operating immigration detention facilities in California and require all other detention facilities to uphold national humane treatment standards. 

April 05, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced Senate Concurrent Resolution 126 to commemorate the 100 birthday of the late legendary Latino political trailblazer Edward Ross Roybal.

March 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to retroactively limit the state’s maximum misdemeanor sentence to 364 days. Senate Bill 1242 will provide on a retroactive basis that all misdemeanors are punishable for no more than 364 days, ensuring that legal residents who have committed low-level misdemeanors are not deported due to discrepancies between state and federal law.

 

March 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation that would assist Veterans of the United States Armed Forces that participate in the California Conservation Corps (CCC) to efficiently transition to employment after completion of the program. Senate Bill 1227, the California VET (Veteran Employment & Training) Program, would require the CCC to collaborate with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, in addition to Employment Development Department (EDD), to better assist corps members who are Veterans.

February 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today introduced SB 1139 to address the chronic shortage of medical professionals in underserved communities by ensuring that all people, regardless of their immigration status, have access to the state’s scholarship and loan forgiveness programs for health professionals. The Medical DREAMER Opportunity Act will help grow California’s medical workforce and expand opportunity for talented students who are on the path to completing their studies in the medical field. 

February 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senator for Vernon, released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement of a $176.6 million dollar Exide cleanup plan:

February 16, 2016

Sen. Lara Continues Effort to Protect Elephants from Abusive Bullhooks
Effort builds off of the progress made with last year’s SB716

 

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to protect elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices. Senate Bill 1062 follows from last year’s Senate Bill 716 which passed the Senate by a vote of 28-8 and the Assembly 69-8, but which was vetoed by Governor Brown.

February 05, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 953 today to implement recommendations made by the California State Auditor to improve transparency and accountability of the Central Basin Municipal Water District. 

"Our ratepayers are the ones bearing the burden of mismanagement of their funds by the Central Basin Municipal Water District," said Senator Lara. "It's time that we hold the leadership of this Board accountable for the decisions they make, with ratepayer money."