Press Releases

Lara Introduces Bill to Establish the California Office of New Americans

December 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Recognizing the over 2.6 million undocumented Californians who contribute an estimated $130 billion to the state’s economy, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today introduced SB10 to establish the California Office of New Americans which aims be a hub for fraud prevention and information to help immigrants better integrate into the state. 
 

Senator Lara Announces Plans to Update Consent Laws to Further Protect Minors

November 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced plans to introduce 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 Lara Announces Plans to Establish the California Office of New Americans

November 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Recognizing the over 2.6 million undocumented Californians who contribute an estimated $130 billion to the state’s economy, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced plans to introduce legislation to establish the California Office of New Americans. The announcement comes as the Senator returns from Washington D.C. where he met at the White House with immigration advocates to discuss President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action. 
 

Statement by Senator Lara Regarding the Signing of his Bill Banning Fundraisers at Lobbyist Homes and Firms

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) banning fundraisers at lobbyist’s homes and lobbying firms. The following is a statement by Senator Lara regarding  the passage of his bill, SB1441:

Voters in 2016 to Weigh In on English-Only Instruction Following Governor's Approval of California Ed.G.E. Initiative

September 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, the California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) was green lighted by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill, SB 1174, places an initiative before voters on the November 2016 ballot and asks them to amend portions of Proposition 227 which limits public school instruction to English-only.

Governor Signs Historic, Bipartisan Lara Bill Allowing Qualified Immigrants to Obtain Professional Licenses

September 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara’s bill to allow all applicants for a professional license in California to provide either a Social Security Number (SSN) or an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown Sunday evening. SB 1159 is the first bill of its kind in the nation and passed out of the State Senate in August by a bipartisan vote of 30-4.
 


Governor Brown Signs Groundbreaking Bill to Reduce Pollution From Buses, Trucks and Other Freight

September 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Legislation to accelerate the deployment of thousands of zero- and near-zero emissions trucks, buses and other clean freight technologies was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.  Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) and Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) are joint authors of SB 1204, which was signed as Governor Brown announced his participation in the United Nations Climate Summit in New York this week. 
  

Lara Statement on Governor's Veto of 'Potty Parity for Parents Act'

September 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — In response to Governor Jerry Brown's veto of SB1350, the Potty Parity for Parents Act authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Hutington Park/Long Beach), Senator Lara released the following statement:

Governor Signs Lara Bill to Enhance Low Cost Auto Insurance Program

September 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today Governor Jerry Brown announced that he signed into law SB 1273, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach), which would reform and enhance California’s Low Cost Auto Insurance Program by updating eligibility requirements and removing its sunset provision to help low-income Californians access affordable auto insurance options.

First-in-Nation Bill Allowing Immigrants to Obtain Professional Licenses Passes Senate with Bipartisan Support, Advances to Governor

August 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara’s bill that would allow all applicants for a professional license in California to provide either a Social Security Number (SSN) or an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) now awaits the green light from Governor Jerry Brown. The first of its kind legislation, SB 1159, passed out of the State Senate by a bipartisan vote of 30-4.