Press Releases

June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – The chairs of the Senate and Assembly Labor Committees, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME.

“As the chairs of the labor committees of the California Legislature, every day we bear witness to the dignity of working people who are standing up for their rights against the rich and powerful.

June 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Assembly Judiciary Committee approved SB 824, the Wildlife Safety and Recovery Act by an 8-0 vote to prohibit insurance companies from cancelling or not renewing a homeowner’s policy for one year if they live in an area with a declared state of emergency.

SB 824 extends protections that currently exist for homeowners who lose property in a fire or disaster to their neighbors whose homes survive.

June 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement on the shooting of two Long Beach firefighters and a civilian today at a senior care facility. Fire Captain David Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the department, died.

“We are still learning about what happened today at the Covenant Manor apartments in Long Beach. But what we know is that we lost Captain David Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the department. He leaves a family in mourning and a community in shock.

June 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Climate Safe California, Senate Bill 30, to promote the nation’s first insurance market that can help reduce protect communities from climate-caused disasters.

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.

The Assembly Insurance Committee unanimously passed the bill today.  

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released a statement after the Assembly Health Committee approved health coverage for all seniors with the 11-4 passage of Senate Bill 974, Health4All Elders. SB 974 would extend the state’s low-income Medi-Cal program to all Californians age 65 and over regardless of their immigration status.

June 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) joined education leaders to praise budget investments that support immigrant students in California’s public colleges and universities.

The budget includes $21 million in funding for the University of California, California State University, and the California Community Colleges to provide legal services for undocumented and immigrant students.

June 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A key Assembly policy committee today approved three measures in a package of sweeping reforms of how California’s criminal justice system treats youths and young adults.

The bills approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee are part of the #EquityAndJustice package jointly authored by Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Ricardo Lara. The two Los Angeles-area Democrats proposed the measures as part of major justice reforms that put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

May 31, 2018

Senate Bill 1402 would allow California to hold major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws

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

May 30, 2018

Senator Lara and Assemblymember Arambula bills would extend state’s low-income Medi-Cal program to all Californians age 65 and over and 25 and under

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature approved two bills in separate votes today that extend health coverage to all residents age 65 and over and 25 and under who qualify for low-income assistance -- including the state’s undocumented residents.

May 30, 2018

California Cooling Act (SB 1013) would restore rules threatened by legal attack by foreign companies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today California took a bold step in the global fight against super-pollutants in refrigeration as the Senate passed the California Cooling Act, Senate Bill 1013, authored by Senator Lara (D-Bell Gardens).