Press Releases

October 09, 2015

Bills will ensure representational equity on LA River Board and aid non-profits serving disadvantaged communities with water-related grant funding

October 08, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 673 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to establish additional permitting criteria that the Department of Toxic Substances Control must consider when deciding to issue or renew a permit for a hazardous waste facility. The new law responds to recent high profile cases such as Exide in Vernon that have raised real concerns about the accountability of toxic waste facilities and their responsibility to the communities they impact.

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.

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. 

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: 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.