Press Releases

August 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature has passed the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act (Senate Bill 946), which gives sidewalk vendors across the state a path to start a legal business without fear of arrest.

If signed into law by Governor Brown, SB 946 will prohibit criminal penalties for sidewalk vending and allow cities to establish permit programs for vendors.

August 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Assembly approved SB 174, the California Inclusion Act, which opens appointed boards and commissions to all residents, regardless of their immigration status.

SB 174 will return to the Senate for a committee vote and a concurrence vote, before going to the Governor for consideration. California would be the first state to allow all qualified people to serve on state and local boards and commissions.

August 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Assembly approved SB 30, Climate Safe California, the nation’s first bill to consider insurance to protect the state’s forests and wetlands from the impact of climate change. SB 30 passed 71-3. 

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

August 18, 2018

LONG BEACH, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara recognized 23 Southeast Los Angeles leaders at his annual Excellence in the 33rd District Awards on Friday, August 17, in Long Beach.

Senator Lara presented a special Nonprofit of the Year Award to Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which works in the U.S. and internationally to help women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence and abuse

August 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature is advancing a measure to honor Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa, who died in the line of duty in June.

Senator Ricardo Lara and Senator Pat Bates are joint authors of Senate Concurrent Resolution 159, which will designate the portion of Interstate 5 between Camino Las Ramblas and the Ortega Highway in Orange County as the Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa Memorial Highway.

August 08, 2018

Bipartisan group of Los Angeles legislators requests review of child safety protocols and protections for LGBT foster youth

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the legislative audit committee approved a bipartisan request for the California State Auditor to review the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), following the horrific death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos.

August 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposal to weaken the nation’s clean vehicle emissions standard. Senator Lara is the author of SB 1000, which promotes better access to charging infrastructure to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles.

August 01, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – With just a month left in the legislative session, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) launched a final push for passage of the California Cooling Act, Senate Bill 1013.

The California Cooling Act provides financial incentives and preserves deadlines that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established in 2016 for businesses to transition to alternative refrigerant chemicals.

July 05, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) issued the following statement in response to the ruling today in United States vs. State of California upholding the enforcement of California laws. Senator Lara helped to craft AB 103 regarding immigrant detention and is the Chair of the Senate Labor Committee:

“The court rightly ruled that immigrants are not beyond the protection of California law.

July 03, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Tuesday, July 3, the Assembly Judiciary Committee approved the California Inclusion Act (Senate Bill 174), introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), after the first public hearing on the bill.

SB 174 opens civil service on local and state boards and commissions to all Californians who meet the requirements to serve, regardless of immigration status.