Press Releases

February 06, 2012

ACR 101 declares February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 03, 2012

AB 1575 introduced in wake of recent ACLU lawsuit victory

February 01, 2012

Factors for rising costs, and strategies to control these costs for students discussed

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) chaired an oversight hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on the affordability of college textbooks.  The hearing focused on the significant rise in textbook costs for students as well as strategies to help control the costs.

January 31, 2012

AB1564 will deter nonprofits from failing to report incidents of child sexual abuse and strengthens current mandated reporting laws

Sacramento - In an effort to protect children from sexual abuse, today Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced AB 1564, a bill that would strip nonprofits of their tax exempt status if a mandated reporter within the organization is convicted of failing to report an incident of child sexual abuse.

January 19, 2012

Sacramento - Assembly Member Ricardo Lara's (D-Bell Gardens) AB 1325, an identity theft and consumer protection bill is headed to the Assembly floor with unanimous bipartisan support.

January 19, 2012

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

January 10, 2012

SACRAMENTO – In response to numerous complaints of identity theft received by the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office and a recent LA Times article which highlighted the story of an 80 year-old woman whose address  was used as headquarters for an enterprise, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced  AB 1325, an identity theft and consumer protection bill.

November 23, 2011

Legislation will tighten reporting requirements and deter nonprofit organizations from concealing sexual abuse

October 17, 2011

Legislation will improve education, protect pregnant women, ensure great government transparency, and protect taxpayer money

Sacramento - October 9th marked the last day for Governor Brown to act on legislation. The Governor signed 10 of Assembly Member Lara's bills for the 2011 legislative session, improving the quality of life for California's working families.

October 04, 2011

AB 187 will allow the State Auditor to examine local governments at risk for waste, fraud and abuse

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 187 by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) which will strengthen the State Auditor’s assessments of state agencies and programs to include local governments in order to identify and prevent fraud, waste and mismanagement at the local level.