Press Releases

February 16, 2016

Sen. Lara Continues Effort to Protect Elephants from Abusive Bullhooks
Effort builds off of the progress made with last year’s SB716


SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today announced legislation to protect elephants from abuse by prohibiting the use of a bullhook or similar devices. Senate Bill 1062 follows from last year’s Senate Bill 716 which passed the Senate by a vote of 28-8 and the Assembly 69-8, but which was vetoed by Governor Brown.

February 05, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 953 today to implement recommendations made by the California State Auditor to improve transparency and accountability of the Central Basin Municipal Water District. 

"Our ratepayers are the ones bearing the burden of mismanagement of their funds by the Central Basin Municipal Water District," said Senator Lara. "It's time that we hold the leadership of this Board accountable for the decisions they make, with ratepayer money."

January 13, 2016

SB 247 will increase passenger safety and help reduce future injuries and deaths in bus traffic collisions by implementing federal safety recommendations and closing the gap in safety standards with bus transportation


December 08, 2015

PARIS, FRANCE  – As part of the California delegation to COP21 in France, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced a groundbreaking climate change proposal that will set targets 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).

December 03, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced today his intention to introduce legislation to ensure youth have real access to their constitutionally protected rights, including better access to counsel. Specifically, this bill would include instructions to law enforcement on the interrogation of youth and instructions to judges regarding the consideration of the information gathered during interrogations.

October 09, 2015

California becomes state with the largest immigrant population to provide health care coverage to undocumented children

October 09, 2015

Bills will ensure representational equity on LA River Board and aid non-profits serving disadvantaged communities with water-related grant funding

October 08, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 673 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to establish additional permitting criteria that the Department of Toxic Substances Control must consider when deciding to issue or renew a permit for a hazardous waste facility. The new law responds to recent high profile cases such as Exide in Vernon that have raised real concerns about the accountability of toxic waste facilities and their responsibility to the communities they impact.

October 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 504 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to make sealing records for juvenile youth free and easing re-entry after serving their sentence. Current sealing fees create economic barriers on an already vulnerable population trying to get their lives in order.

September 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA –Today, Senate Bill 4, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), was given the green light by the State Assembly. The bill was tailored to ensure that the recent Health for All Kids Budget Action is successfully implemented, covering all income-eligible children under the state Medi-Cal program.