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August 14, 2018

For certain crimes in California, teens as young as 14 can be sentenced as adults, and sent to prison for life, like Mendoza was. Senate Bill 1391, a bill moving through the state legislature, aims to stop that in light of new understandings of brain development.

“Cognitive science has proven that children and youth who commit crimes are very capable of change,” said State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), the bill’s author. “Sending youth to an adult prison does not help our youth and does not make our communities any safer.”

August 13, 2018

Earlier this year, State Senator Ricardo Lara, who represents the Port of Long Beach, proposed a bill, SB 1402, that would create a public list of trucking companies that have committed labor violations and failed to pay up. Retailers who continue to use one of these trucking companies could then be held liable for any future state labor or employment violations. 

August 08, 2018

After the recent death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos, state officials will conduct an audit of L.A. County’s Department of Children and Family Services to determine whether the agency is doing enough to protect children.

The California legislative audit committee approved a request for the review Wednesday from state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale).

May 21, 2018

California is poised to become the first state in the nation to offer full health coverage to undocumented adults even as the Trump administration intensifies its crackdown by separating families at the border.

April 24, 2018

State Senator Ricardo Lara joined port truck drivers and advocates in Sacramento today in support of a recently introduced bill that targets retailers who hire trucking companies that violate labor and wage laws as the state senate prepares for its first hearings on the Dignity in the Driver’s Seat bill.

February 21, 2018

By Gary Warth

An assembly bill that would provide about $1.5 billion for housing and services for homeless people was introduced Wednesday in a Sacramento ceremony that included a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers and 11 California mayors, including Kevin Faulconer.

Assembly Bill 3151, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, calls for 25 percent of the state’s $6.1 billion budget surplus to address homelessness. Municipalities would get money as a matching fund to what they spend locally on existing or new programs.

February 02, 2018


A Los Angeles-area lawmaker said Friday it is time for the state to step in, after cities have dragged their feet on efforts to legalize and regulate street-vending activity.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said his bill, SB 946, was prompted by slow action by local cities, including Los Angeles. Speaking during a news conference on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Lara said the city is now “moving in the right direction” toward legalizing vending.

February 02, 2018


Los Angeles lawmakers have wrestled for years with how to legalize and regulate the vendors who sell food and goods on the city's sidewalks.

Now a state legislator is championing a bill that could take some of those decisions out of the city's hands. Under a proposal from Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), California cities would not be able to regulate or ban vendors unless they have a licensing system that meets several requirements.

January 04, 2018

By Kimberly Veklerov

The California insurance commissioner and a state legislator running to replace him have released competing proposals for how to solve the problem of insurance availability and affordability in fire-prone developments abutting wildland.

The two plans would add regulations to the industry in an effort to help homeowners keep their residential insurance policies or find new ones at low rates. They come after a record wildfire season destroyed or damaged more than 20,000 homes and buildings across the state.

December 20, 2017

By Lemor Abrams

This is going to be a problem that’s going to continue to persist,” said Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).

Lara says he’s heard from hundreds of homeowners when their insurance companies bail. Now he’s proposing legislation that bans those insurers from denying coverage in disaster areas.

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