2017 Legislative Update

Senator Lara's legislative package focuses on Californians' privacy and dignity, consumers' and workers' safety, and equity and justice for young people and adults. Senator Lara also won more than $1 billion in budget funds for programs he created through legislation including the California Dream Loan, the Clean Truck and Bus Program and the Super Pollutant Reduction Act.

These are some of Senator Lara's 15 bills signed into law in 2017:

Fight for California

Dignity Not Detention (Senate Bill 29)
Prohibits California local governments from entering into new contracts or extending contracts with for-profit companies to detain immigrants, makes for-profit immigration detention facilities subject to the California Public Records Act, and requires public comment if ICE seeks to expand detention.

Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31)
Prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

Equity and Justice

Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) introduced a package of bills to keep young children out of the juvenile justice system and fix longstanding inequity for youth and adults.

SB 180 – Drug Sentence Enhancements
Takes a step toward enacting the bipartisan movement to end wasteful incarceration spending in favor of community reinvestment.

SB 190 – Juvenile Fees
Ends the harmful, unlawful and costly assessment and collection of administrative fees against families with youth in the juvenile justice system.

SB 355 – No Court Fees for the Innocent
Provides that only those who are convicted of a crime are required to reimburse the courts for legal counsel fees.

SB 393 – Sealing of arrests
Seals arrest records and remove barriers to employment for those arrested but not convicted of a crime. SB 393 is sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

SB 394 – Juveniles Life Without the Possibility of Parole
Brings California into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's Montgomery v. Louisiana decision that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without parole.

SB 395 – Miranda Rights for Youth
Requires youth age 15 or younger consult with legal counsel before they waive their constitutional rights in interrogations with police.

Consumer Protection

Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258)
Nation's first law to require detailed ingredient labels on cleaning products sold in the state and gives disclosure about what is in the products millions of families and domestic workers use every day.

Voting Rights

Prime Time Primary (Senate Bill 568)
Makes California voters and their values count in the presidential election by moving the primary from June to March.


Senate Bill 68 - Expanding In-State Tuition
Improves the landmark AB 540 law by extending in-state tuition at California public universities to community college and nontraditional students.

Senate Bill 257 - School Access for Exiled Students
Protects the education of California students exiled out of state because of the forced departure of a parent, most often by deportation.


Economic Opportunity

Senate Bill 788 - Insurance Agents and Broker Licenses
Removes barriers to access the insurance agent and insurance broker licenses, the second most enrolled profession in California.

LGBT Inclusion

Transgender Work Opportunity Act (Senate Bill 396)
Makes California the first in the nation to require training that will help transgender workers to overcome high unemployment and lack of inclusion.

Environmental Protection

Wood Smoke Reduction Program (Senate Bill 563)
Creates a statewide incentive program to help Californians transition from wood smoke heating to cleaner, healthier alternatives.

View Senator Lara's 2016 legislative accomplishments (PDF)

View Senator Lara's 2015 legislative accomplishments (PDF)