Press Releases

May 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill to expand access to healthcare for California’s undocumented population cleared a key vote in the California Senate Appropriations Committee today by a vote of 5 to 2. Senate Bill 4 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first proposal of its kind introduced in the country.  

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement:

The Governor’s proposed budget represents the strength of California’s economy and the importance of investing more money for schools, combating poverty, addressing our drought and integrating New Americans. 

May 04, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement regarding the Senate Appropriations Analysis on Senate Bill 4 after the measure was advanced to the Suspense File:

April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —The California Senate 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. 

April 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, SB10 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to establish the California Office of New Americans cleared the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization by a vote of 7 to 0. SB 10 would clearly define a statewide lead to take charge and assess, coordinate, streamline and develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for California’s immigrant integration efforts both in the short and long term. 

April 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee approve a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to require prescribers to check the California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) - a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. The Committee voted 7 to 1 to advance SB482.  

April 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, a bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to increase the accessibility of record sealing for adjudicated youth by removing the fee associated with expungement cleared the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 5 to 2. 

April 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —  Senator Ricardo Lara’s (D-Bell Gardens) resolution to place a statue of American pioneer Sally Ride in the Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol cleared a vote of the California Senate today by a vote of 22-10. Senate Joint Resolution 4 would make Sally Ride the first woman to represent California and the first member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to be placed in the Statuary Hall.

April 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Legislation to clarify California law when it comes to recording police officers cleared the Senate today by a vote of 31-3. Senate Bill 411 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) reinforces the First Amendment and underscores recording protections for civilians and police.

April 08, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to update California’s existing criminal laws protecting elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices. Senate Bill 716 follows on the heels of similar prohibitions enacted in the cities of Los Angeles and Oakland and Feld Entertainment’s recent announcement of an end to traveling elephants in the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circuses by 2018.