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June 16, 2017

By Patrick Michels

California lawmakers banned local governments from signing new contracts for holding federal immigration detainees and funded a state inspection program for immigrant detention centers, as part of a budget deal approved Thursday.

Advocates said they make California the first state to limit new contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or to mount an independent inspection program for ICE facilities.

June 06, 2017

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By Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell

If you said a 10-year-old should register for the military draft, drive a car or vote for president, people would write you off as a lunatic.

Yet elected leaders and law enforcement often act as if children are no different than adults when it comes to the justice system.

June 01, 2017

By Katy Murphy

SACRAMENTO — As a legislative deadline loomed, California senators Thursday — in some cases, reluctantly — voted to pass a $400 billion plan to create a government-run health care system without a way to pay for it.

Senate Bill 562, by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, passed 23-14 and will now advance to the Assembly, where it will likely be amended to include taxes. And that would mean the measure would require two-thirds votes in both chambers.

June 01, 2017

By Melanie Mason

The prospect of a universal single-payer healthcare system in California — in which the state covers all residents’ healthcare costs — has enthralled liberal activists, exasperated business interests and upended the political landscape in the state Capitol. But some are still trying to sort out what exactly all the fuss is about....

The proposal, by state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is still evolving, but here’s what we know so far about the bill and how it would work.

March 09, 2017

By Daniel Potter

A Democratic lawmaker from Southern California is advocating for household cleaning products to list their ingredients on labels.

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) says some chemicals in cleaning products can cause adverse side effects such as asthma or cancer. The reproductive systems of women - whom Lara notes tend to deal with such products more often - can also be negatively affected.

March 09, 2017

 By Soumya Karlamangla

With President Trump now vowing to put forward a replacement for the Affordable Care Act in March, some California politicians and healthcare advocates are once again promoting the idea of a state-run “single-payer” system that operates like Medicare….

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill Friday that would make California the first state to adopt single-payer, also called “Medicare for all.” Canada has such a system….

March 03, 2017

By David Lazarus

Could California have its own single-payer health insurance system providing coverage for all residents? A bill has been introduced in the state Legislature that would do just that — and its chances of success could be vastly improved by President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress….

The idea is back in play thanks to state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who last week introduced a bill aimed at creating a Medicare-for-all system for Californians.

February 27, 2017

By Chris Nichols


Monday, February 27, 2017

Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a bill to create a single-payer health care system for all Californians, including immigrants living in the state illegally.

Sen. Ricardo Lara of Los Angeles County is one of the bill’s authors.

“We know Californians fully support health care and health for all," Lara says. "We’re in the situation now responding to the looming threat from the federal government to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and we need to be prepared.”

February 25, 2017

By Andrew Edwards, Press-Telegram

A state Senator who represents the Long Beach area asked an already-motivated crowd to “send a message that California is going to stand up for patients” during a rally intended to build support for the latest bid to establish universal health care in the state.

February 17, 2017

By Anna Gorman
Kaiser Health News

Legislation to be introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past.