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February 17, 2017


With the healthcare of millions of Californians at stake if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, a state senator is introducing legislation Friday to establish a single-payer system.

Under single-payer, the state would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others.

February 17, 2017

By Tracy Seipel and Katy Murphy
February 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

SACRAMENTO — In a surprise move that further complicates President Donald Trump’s push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, two California lawmakers today plan to introduce legislation that would create a single-payer health care system covering all 38 million Californians — including its undocumented residents….

“Everyone has a right to health care,” Lara said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to bringing a bill that Californians can support and the governor will sign.”…

February 15, 2017

By Asia Morris

State Senator Ricardo Lara, whose district includes a significant portion of the city, introduced legislation today to improve staffing at more than 550 dialysis clinics in California, 10 of which are located in Long Beach....

“Dialysis patients are grandparents, children and siblings, not numbers on a balance sheet,” said Lara in a statement. “It’s time to fix the dialysis industry and improve patient care for the more than 63,000 Californians who rely on this life-saving treatment in clinics daily.”

February 08, 2017

By NBC 7 Staff

A bill proposed Wednesday could make California the first state in the nation to require cleaning products to disclose ingredients.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, introduced SB258 that would require companies list all ingredients in cleaning products. Currently, many ingredients are listed under words like fragrance....

October 13, 2016

Business, nonprofit organizations, and individuals are the backbone and lifeblood of our community and economy. They deserved to be honored for their leadership and contributions for bringing new ideas, awareness and solutions to issues in our local communities.

Southeast Los Angeles County has a rich history of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals serving our communities and building our local economy in the areas of art, business, government, education, civic engagement and healthcare. They play major roles in improving the quality of life for our communities.

June 13, 2016



Today, I rise heartbroken, angry and utterly disgusted by what transpired in Orlando this weekend.


Here we are again; with another adjourn in memory and another tragic story of a massacre as we mourn and pay homage to the victims of senseless gun violence and hate.


This time the victims were not children, or coworkers or students on a campus, they were members of my community.


April 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA  – A groundbreaking climate change proposal authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) cleared the Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a vote of 4 to 2. Senate Bill 1383 sets goals to achieve a 50% reduction in black carbon emissions, a 40% reduction in methane, and a 40% reduction in f-gases in the state of California by 2030. In 2013, Senator Lara authored Senate Bill 605 which directed the Air Resources Board to outline a draft strategy to combat Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP).

January 14, 2016

California would target certain harmful emissions under new legislation being introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara in an effort to boost public health while battling global warming. Known as short-lived climate pollutants, the emissions include diesel exhaust and methane from agriculture. Focusing...

January 14, 2016

The state Senate approved a hotly debated measure Tuesday that would provide healthcare coverage to many immigrants who reside in California illegally. Lawmakers also gave the first full-house approval to bills that would raise the state smoking age to 21, prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes... 

January 13, 2016

Nearly two years after a fiery bus collision in Northern California killed 10 people, state lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposal to revamp safety features on charter carriers.