Press Releases

September 21, 2012

AB 2274 ensures frivolous lawsuits made by vexatious litigants do not go unchecked

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – In a move that will save courtrooms and small businesses across the state time and money, today, Governor Jerry Brown singed in to law AB 2274, by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).  AB 2274 closes a loophole in current law that allows for abusive lawsuits and filings by vexatious litigants – litigants who are not represented by counsel and repeatedly bring groundless lawsuits and unnecessarily delay court proceedings.

September 21, 2012

AB 2193 Creates a Definition for Long Term English Learners and Requires the Department of Education to Collect Data on their Progress on an Annual Basis

September 07, 2012

AB 1345 provides safeguards to protect taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse

August 31, 2012

AB 1486 Will Connect More than 34,000 First Responders in Los Angeles County and Protects $154.6 million in Federal Economic Stimulus Grant to Create Jobs and Increase Public Safety

August 28, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a historic call to action, yesterday the California State Legislature approved Assembly Joint Resolution 43, the LGBTQ Bill of Rights, by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). The measure puts California on record declaring "sexual orientation and gender identity" should be included alongside "race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age and religion" in all federal anti-discrimination laws.

August 08, 2012

Legislators request audit of implementation of anti-bullying and harassment laws in California Schools

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit request with a 9 to 4 vote, to examine the implementation of and compliance with nondiscrimination laws in California public schools.  The audit was jointly requested by Assembly Members Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Betsy Butler (D-Los Angeles) and prompted by accounts of continued harassment and bullying in schools.

August 08, 2012

Resolution calling on President and Congress to include “sexual orientation, gender identity” in landmark federal anti-discrimination laws is now headed to the Senate

July 23, 2012

California Supreme Court is Reviewing a Request by the State Bar of California to Grant Admission to Sergio Garcia, a Qualified Undocumented Law School Graduate

July 02, 2012

Historic resolution seeks to include “sexual orientation, gender identity” in landmark federal anti-discrimination laws

SACRAMENTO – As the festivities surrounding the 236th anniversary of the signing of our country's Declaration of Independence begin, today California State Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 43 - LGBTQ Bill of Rights - a resolution that calls on President Obama and Congress to include sexual orientation and gender identity in landmark Federal anti-discrimination laws.

June 29, 2012

Lara's AB 1575 Protects a Student's Right to a Free Public Education and Eliminates School's 'Pay to Learn' Practice