September 13, 2017

Senate Bill 257 would guarantee the right of California children exiled to Mexico with deported parents to continue to attend school in California, without facing enrollment fees to continue their educations.

June 05, 2017

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) made his closing argument before the California Senate approved the Healthy California Act (SB 562) on June 1, 2017.

May 22, 2017

Senator Ricardo spoke on May 22, 2017, as the Senate Appropriations Committee held its first hearing on the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 5620. Learn more at

April 27, 2017

Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly J. Mitchell, joint authors of a package of criminal justice-reform bills, explained the need for more rational thinking to save at-risk youths from the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Lara, D-Bell Gardens, chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chairs the Senate Budget Committee. Watch their recent press conference on the package of bills HERE.