Press Releases

Senator Lara Announces ‘Right to Record’ Legislation

March 04, 2015

Bill would clarify individuals’ and police’s First Amendment right to record in public places

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to clarify that recording public safety officers in the course of their duties does not constitute an obstruction of an officer. Senate Bill 411 reinforces the First Amendment and underscores recording protections for civilians and police.

PHOTO RELEASE: Sen. Lara Kicks Off Women’s History Month with Community Celebration in Support of Sally Ride Statue

March 03, 2015

Captain Wendy Lawrence, Sally Ride’s family, students from Sally Ride Elementary School, LGBT and Women’s leaders join Senator Lara in supporting Senate Joint Resolution 4

Lara Reappointed Chair of Senate Ports Select Committee, Urges End to Labor Stalemate

February 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced today that he will continue leading the California Senate Select Committee on Ports & Goods Movement. The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the committee by a vote of 5-0 and reappointed Senator Lara as Committee Chair. The announcement comes at a critical time when contract negotiations between shipping companies and dockworkers have stalled, prompting U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to intervene.

Lara Bill Will Allow Children to Attend School where Live-in Working Parents Reside

February 11, 2015

SB 200 will clarify that children of live-in employees such as caregivers, nannies, housekeepers and gardeners, can attend local schools where their parents live and work a majority of the work week

Lara Resolution Condemning Deaths of Mexico's 43 Students Approved Unanimously By CA Senate Same Day UN Committee Holds Hearing on Enforced Disappearances

February 02, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Senate today passed Senate Resolution 7 authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) unanimously urging the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community and human rights organizations in light of the disappearance and deaths of the forty-three students in Iguala, Mexico.

Bipartisan Constitutional Amendment Introduced to Hold UC Accountable, Increase Transparency

December 04, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 1 (SCA) to allow voters to revisit the University of California’s concentrated power and improve transparency by allowing the legislature and public to provide substantive input on the functions of UC system. The proposal would place the issue before voters on the November 2016 ballot.

Lara Introduces Resolution Urging Mexican Government to Support Human Rights Reforms in Light of Disappearances in Iguala

December 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today introduced Senate Resolution 7 urging the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community and human rights organizations in light of the forty-three college students who disappeared in Iguala, Mexico.

Lara Bill Aims to Update Consent Laws to Further Protect Minors

December 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced SB14, a bill that would grant the same protections for child victims of sexual abuse in civil court as those that exist in criminal court, aligning penal and civil code sections and ensuring that past sexual history isn’t considered against a victim.

Senator Ricardo Lara Introduces Health for All Act

December 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today introduced SB 4 – the Health for All Act of 2015, to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. The bill continues the Senator’s efforts to address the exclusion of undocumented Californians from the state’s health care exchange.