Press Releases

March 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

March 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the Trump Administration targeting people for unconstitutional actions based on their religion, race and national origin, the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Appriopriations Committee on Monday, March 13, along with other bills to protect Californians’ privacy and freedom.

March 06, 2017

For immediate release: Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement on House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Lara is joint author of the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which will create universal healthcare plan to cover all Californians.

February 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today released the following statement in response to a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 958, which he authored and was signed into law in 2016. SB958 established the Citizens Redistricting Commission in the County of Los Angeles:

“It took a voting rights lawsuit to create the first Latino-majority district on the board more than 20 years ago.

February 17, 2017

Today Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Sen. Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562).

The Healthy California Act will create one health plan with more choices for all Californians and guarantee the right to healthcare. Learn more at

February 15, 2017

Today Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) named Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to the California Air Resources Board, which leads the state’s efforts to reduce air pollution and protect public health.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 197 last year to add two members of the Legislature as ex officio members representing communities in the state that bear the burden of high levels of pollution, including communities with diverse racial and ethnic populations and communities with low-income populations.

February 14, 2017

SB 349 requires annual inspections of more than 550 dialysis clinics and ensures safe staffing levels

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349) today to protect dialysis patients and improve care at more than 550 California dialysis clinics.

February 08, 2017

Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258) will require companies to list ingredients on labels and online to help protect consumers and workers – a first in the nation

December 05, 2016

 Requires voter approval for border wall, defends against "Muslim database" and ends for-profit immigration detention contracts

October 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) sent the letter below urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its use of private immigration detention facilities. In August, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that DHS would review their immigration detention practices. The full text of the letter can be found below: