Press Releases

May 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that allowed for sentencing the youngest teens to the adult criminal justice system.  

May 29, 2018

Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act (SB 824) prohibits insurance cancellation for one year following a state of emergency and collects much-needed insurance data on risk

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Following last year’s devastating wildfires, homeowners who survived the flames faced a new disaster: the possibility of losing their home insurance to cancellation or non-renewal.

May 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Appropriations Chair Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement after the committee held its suspense file hearing today in the Capitol. A summary of actions taken today will be posted at the Senate Appropriations Committee website:

“California’s fiscal outlook is the strongest it has been in a generation. As always, this committee has made our deliberations in conjunction with the budget process.

May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services approved extending health coverage to all seniors living in poverty, regardless of their immigration status. The Health4All Elders proposal would fund comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage for those over age 65, including preventive care and regular doctor visits.

Health4All Elders will be included in the Senate funding package that representatives of the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s Office will negotiate before the June 15 budget deadline.

May 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) requested the California State Auditor investigate revenues and spending of local public funds on detention of immigrants during a hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

The Committee voted to approve the audit request.

May 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved another moderate reform rooted in evidence-based policy and sensible cost-effective approaches to criminal justice.

Specifically, Senate Bill 1393, the Fair and Just Sentencing Reform Act, would eliminate automatic penalties that have contributed to the state’s mass incarceration crisis and failed ‘tough on crime’ policies by returning discretion in sentencing of serious felonies to judges.  

May 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) thanked City Councilmember Joe Buscaino for introducing a resolution in support of Senate Bill 1402, which targets rampant exploitation of truck drivers at California’s ports.

May 03, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today the California Senate passed Senate Bill 1050 by a unanimous 38-0 vote to extend services and support for exonerated people released from prison after their wrongful convictions are overturned.

SB 1050 is one of five bills in the #EquityAndJustice2018 package carried jointly by Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) as follow-up measures to their initial #EquityAndJustice bills last year.

May 03, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Senate passed the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act (Senate Bill 946), which ends criminal penalties for sidewalk vendors statewide and puts them on a path to having a safe and legal business.

May 01, 2018

The California Inclusion Act, Senate Bill 174, rewrites discriminatory 146-year-old law  enacted in time of exclusion and fear

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 174, the California Inclusion Act, which opens civil service on local and state boards and commissions to all Californians, regardless of immigration status.