Press Releases

Lara Bill to Establish CA Office of New Americans Clears Key Senate Committee

April 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, SB10 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to establish the California Office of New Americans cleared the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization by a vote of 7 to 0. SB 10 would clearly define a statewide lead to take charge and assess, coordinate, streamline and develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for California’s immigrant integration efforts both in the short and long term. 

Committee OK’s Lara Bill to Require Physicians to Check Prescription Drug Database Before Prescribing Powerful Medications

April 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee approve a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require prescribers to check the California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) - a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. The Committee voted 7 to 1 to advance SB482.  

Lara Bill Removing Fees to Seal Juvenile Records Clears Public Safety Committee

April 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to increase the accessibility of record sealing for adjudicated youth by removing the fee associated with expungement cleared the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 5 to 2. 

Resolution to Erect Statue of Sally Ride Clears Senate

April 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —  Senator Ricardo Lara’s (D-Bell Gardens) resolution to place a statue of American pioneer Sally Ride in the Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol cleared a vote of the California Senate today by a vote of 22-10. Senate Joint Resolution 4 would make Sally Ride the first woman to represent California and the first member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to be placed in the Statuary Hall.

Lara's 'Right to Record' Legislation Advances Out of Senate

April 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Legislation to clarify California law when it comes to recording police officers cleared the Senate today by a vote of 31-3. Senate Bill 411 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) reinforces the First Amendment and underscores recording protections for civilians and police.

Lara Announces Elephant Protection Legislation Banning use of Bullhooks

April 08, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to update California’s existing criminal laws protecting elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices. Senate Bill 716 follows on the heels of similar prohibitions enacted in the cities of Los Angeles and Oakland and Feld Entertainment’s recent announcement of an end to traveling elephants in the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circuses by 2018.

Lara Seeks Federal Waiver for Undocumented Californians to Purchase Health Insurance from State’s Exchange

April 07, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced provisions of his 2015 Health for All Act, Senate Bill 4, to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. The bill will expand Medi-Cal for those who are income-eligible and directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver from the Federal government to allow undocumented immigrants the ability to purchase insurance from state’s health care exchange, Covered California.

Resolution to Erect Statue of Astronaut Sally Ride Receives Unanimous Bipartisan Support in Key Senate Committee

March 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —  Senator Ricardo Lara’s (Bell Gardens) resolution to place a statue of American pioneer Sally Ride in the Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol received unanimous bipartisan support today in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee by a vote of 10-0. Senate Joint Resolution 4 would make Sally Ride the first woman to represent California and the first member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to be placed in the Statuary Hall.

Lara School Residency Bill Clears Senate Education Committee Unanimously with Bipartisan Support

March 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) that would update California’s school residency laws advanced out of the Senate Education Committee today unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 8-0. The bill, SB200, would 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.

Senator Lara Statement in Response to Announcement that Exide Facility will Close

March 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) who authored Senate Bill 712 which would close down Exide, released the following statement in response to news that the facility in Vernon will be closed:

"The news that Exide is finally to be closed will bring great relief to my constituents, who for decades have been exposed to toxic levels of lead and arsenic emissions from their Vernon facility.