In the News

August 29, 2013

by Seth Hemmelgarn

Equality California Executive Director John O'Connor, shown here at a luncheon in Sacramento last week, said more leadership is needed from the state Department of Education.(Photo: Matthew Whitley)

A report from the California state auditor says that school districts aren't doing enough to check whether the anti-harassment policies they have established are effective.

August 28, 2013

Long Beach Press Telegram
By Eric Bradley, Press-Telegram

The California Assembly will soon vote on a controversial bill by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would end state tax exemptions for the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups if their membership policies discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Lara’s office said the legislation, Senate Bill 323, could be acted on this week or next. The final day of the session is Sept. 13.

August 23, 2013

Sen. Ricardo Lara’s (D-Long Beach) bill that protects modern and efficient processing of workers-compensation pharmacy claims was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Aug. 19. SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications by removing an unnecessary requirement for workers-compensation pharmacy claims to include a copy of a prescription.

August 21, 2013

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August 20, 2013


Sacramento, CA ( - California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill (SB) 146, which removes the requirement imposed on pharmacies and payors to submit a copy of the prescription with every workers’ compensation claim. The bill will take effect immediately.

August 07, 2013

Chief Operating Officer, The Greenlining Institute
Preeti Vissa

In 2006, California made history with the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which committed my home state to a landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite strong opposition from the fossil fuels industry, including repeated efforts to gut the law, California's groundbreaking effort to clean our air, protect our climate and grow a clean-energy industry that produces good, career-path jobs is moving forward.

August 06, 2013

by Alex Mazariegos

SACRAMENTO—Following months of deliberation between proponents and opponents of the bill, Governor Jerry Brown will now decide on the outcome of AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, after the bill arrived on the Governor's desk on August 1.

August 03, 2013

By Sean Kennedy

With more than 6 million California adults -- mostly immigrants -- adults lacking adequate English skills, the state doesn't need another blue ribbon panel. The state needs to repair the broken system that is meant to teach immigrants English, the real key to unlocking the American dream.

August 01, 2013

A transgender high school junior is urging the California governor to sign a bill that would allow trans students to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

July 29, 2013

Senator Lara and parents

State Sen. Ricardo Lara is pictured with his mother, Dolores Lara, and father, Venustiano Lara, at his parents' home in East Los Angeles. Lara's parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, and their struggle has influenced how he legislates. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times / February 16, 2013)
By Patrick McGreevy