Press Releases

December 03, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to the unanimous election of Erika Contreras to serve as the next Secretary of the Senate. Mrs. Contreras served as chief of staff in the office of Senator Lara. She is the second woman and first Latina to serve in that role.

November 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara encouraged Los Angeles City Council members to include a permit system for sidewalk vendors as they near final approval of an ordinance that complies with a new state law that legalizes vending.

This year Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 946, removing criminal penalties for vending and allowing cities to adopt local rules to regulate it. SB 946 goes into effect on January 1, 2019. 

October 30, 2018

NAPA, CA – As legislators prepare to meet today in Napa over wildfire insurance, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) pointed to a new report revealing the impacts of extreme wildfire and other climate-caused events on Californians’ health. People living near wildfire disasters could see increased deaths, respiratory illness from wildfire smoke, and mental health needs in the years ahead.

October 17, 2018

City Council members hold extraordinary hearing to comply with new statewide legalization law, Senate Bill 946

LOS ANGELES, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara released this statement after Los Angeles City Council members held a special meeting about conforming with Senate Bill 946, legalizing sidewalk vending. SB 946 goes into effect in January 2019 and allows cities to adopt local rules if they want to regulate sidewalk vending.

October 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) welcomed today’s implementation of mandatory checks of California’s prescription database, two years after Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 482.

Senator Lara authored SB 482 in 2016 to confront the over-prescription of opioids and other dangerous and addictive drugs. The law requires all prescribers issuing schedule II, III, and IV drugs to consult California’s Controlled Substance Utilizations Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing.

September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed research-based criminal justice reforms to improve rehabilitation and reduce the odds of re-offending.

Senate Bill 1391 prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison. The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that allowed for sentencing the youngest teens to the adult criminal justice system.

September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed the Privacy Protection Act, Senate Bill 244, which limits the collection and disclosure of personal information obtained by a local or state agency for purposes of issuing a local identification card, driver's license, or county clinic health services.

September 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed the Consumer Trust Act, Senate Bill 1194, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which protects the private information of hotel guests and bus passengers.

Senator Lara introduced the California Trust Act after reports that employees at Motel 6 locations in Arizona and Washington released the personal information of all their guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

September 26, 2018

Substance Use Disorder Patient Protection Act (Senate Bill 1228) prevents payments for substance use patient referrals

SACRAMENTO, CA – Responding to reports of fraud and abuse of patients in recovery from opioid and other addictions, Governor Brown signed the state’s first bill that outlaws patient brokering in the treatment industry.

September 22, 2018

Under Senate Bill 1402, retailers could face joint liability when hiring trucking companies that break state labor laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1402, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to end more than a decade of exploitation of truck drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.