Press Releases

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."

January 13, 2016

SB 247 will increase passenger safety and help reduce future injuries and deaths in bus traffic collisions by implementing federal safety recommendations and closing the gap in safety standards with bus transportation


December 08, 2015

PARIS, FRANCE  – As part of the California delegation to COP21 in France, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced a groundbreaking climate change proposal that will set targets to achieve a 50% reduction in black carbon emissions, a 40% reduction in methane, and a 40% reduction in f-gases in the state of California by 2030. In 2013, Senator Lara authored Senate Bill 605 which directed the Air Resources Board to outline a draft strategy to combat Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP).

December 03, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced today his intention to introduce legislation to ensure youth have real access to their constitutionally protected rights, including better access to counsel. Specifically, this bill would include instructions to law enforcement on the interrogation of youth and instructions to judges regarding the consideration of the information gathered during interrogations.

October 09, 2015

California becomes state with the largest immigrant population to provide health care coverage to undocumented children