Press Releases

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.

August 11, 2015


SACRAMENTO, CA —Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 411 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to clarify that civilians’ right to record public safety officers in California is permissible under the law. Known as the “Right to Record Act,” SB411 has received bipartisan support as it advanced through the legislature and onto the Governor’s desk. 

July 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 247 today, which will adopt the safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to reduce the number of preventable deaths caused by out-of-date bus safety standards.

July 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —The California State Assembly today approved unanimously a policy 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.

June 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislative leaders made history today by reaching a budget deal that includes a $40 million allocation to cover 170,000 immigrant children through Medi-Cal. This effort is a major tenet of Senator Lara’s efforts to cover all Californians, regardless of immigration status through Senate Bill 4, known as the Health for All Act.

Senator Lara released the following statement in response to today’s budget deal:

June 02, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Senate made history today by approving Senate Bill 4 authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to expand coverage to California’s undocumented population. Known as the Health for All Act, the measure provides a realistic and cost-sensitive approach to covering one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. By a vote of 28 - 11, the advancement of this bill marks the first time any legislative body in the United States approves a measure to expand access to health care for their respective undocumented population.

June 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 524 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) which defines private residential facilities for youth and requires them to obtain a license from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to protect youth health and safety. The measure passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 31 to 1.