Press Releases

September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 30, the nation’s first law to explore using insurance to protect the state’s forests and wetlands that guard communities from the impact of climate change.

SB 30 orders the Department of Insurance to create a working group to recommend market-based policies that protect California’s “natural infrastructure” to reduce the severity of climate-related disasters.

September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today Governor Brown signed SB 824, the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to expand insurance protections for homeowners following a wildfire disaster.

September 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act (Senate Bill 946), prohibiting criminal penalties for sidewalk vending and treating vendors like other businesses in the state.

September 13, 2018

Includes nation-leading super-pollutant law and first-of-its-kind HOV sticker program for used zero emission vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed into law four bills authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to limit air pollution that harms public health and fuels global warming. The Governor signed the bills during the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

August 31, 2018

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

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Legislature approved Senate Bill 1402, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to end the exploitation of truck drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.

Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign, veto or allow SB 1402 to become law.

August 31, 2018

Substance Use Disorder Patient Protection Act (Senate Bill 1228) will prevent patient brokering in state-licensed and certified treatment facilities

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

August 30, 2018

ZEV Equity bills SB 957 and SB 1000 make carpool stickers more available for used vehicles and promote fair distribution of charging stations

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Legislature passed two ZEV Equity bills by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to make zero-emission cars and charging stations more accessible to low-income drivers.

August 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Legislature passed the California Cooling Act, Senate Bill 1013, to preserve targets for reducing harmful super pollutants from refrigerants that were set by the U.S. Environmental Protection under the Obama Administration, but voided by a federal court last year.

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today approved Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that allowed for sentencing the youngest teens to the adult criminal justice system.

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the California Legislature passed SB 824, the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to protect homeowners from the growing risk of losing their insurance due to increased wildfire risk.

Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign, veto, or allow SB 824 to become law.