Press Releases

April 03, 2018

Senate Public Safety Committee holds first hearings for Senate Bills 1391, 1392 and 1393

SACRAMENTO – Today Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) announced four new bills that reform juvenile and adult criminal.

The #EquityAndJustice2018 package includes bills that give healthcare and other support to exonerated people after prison, reform mandatory sentencing rules, and require youth age 14 and 15 who commit crimes be tried as juveniles not as adults.

March 22, 2018

Substance Use Disorder Patient Protection Act (Senate Bill 1228) will ban “patient brokering” and raise standards for treatment of addiction

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) took a major step toward rooting out insurance fraud and improving care for patients in recovery from addiction with the introduction of the Substance Use Disorder Patient Protection Act, Senate Bill 1228.

March 06, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The following statement is in response to reports that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will sue the state of California over laws that block the Trump Administration from expanding detention of immigrants. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) authored Senate Bill 29, which prevents California cities from expanding contracts with for-profit prison companies to detain immigrants and requires public input on any expansion of ICE-operated facilities. SB 29 is a counterpart to AB 103, which blocked the expansion of immigrant detention in public jails:

February 07, 2018

SB 1013 would keep California in the lead on reducing HFCs after federal court deals blow to Obama Administration rules

SACRAMENTO – Today California Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the California Cooling Act (Senate Bill 1013) to target dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners.\

February 06, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – With California setting a goal of 5 million Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced the ZEV Equity Act (Senate Bill 957) to open carpool lanes to drivers of used clean air vehicles.

February 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara released the following statement in response to a federal court decision undermining clean air rules. Senator Lara is the author of proposed legislation, the California Cooling Act, which seeks to reduce super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in refrigerators.

January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sidewalk vendors are a fixture in California’s communities and a part of vibrant food cultures. But outdated laws expose these entrepreneurs to harassment, criminal prosecution, and even deportation.

The Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, Senate Bill 946, prohibits making street vending a crime and allows local governments to regulate vendors if they create a permit process.

January 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s final State of the State Address.

“California is America’s greatest success story. Governor Brown and the Legislature deserve credit for balancing the budget, raising wages, expanding healthcare and setting the conditions for economic recovery. Today unemployment and the number of uninsured Californians are at their lowest levels in 40 years.”

“Governor Brown is right: ‘The bolder path is still our way forward.’

January 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced it would revoke temporary protected status and end humanitarian immigration for 260,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. since 2001.

“For decades, Republican and Democratic presidents have protected immigrants from countries hit by natural disaster or war. The Trump Administration’s repeal of humanitarian immigration for Salvadoran immigrants is its latest assault on American compassion.

January 04, 2018

Wildfire Safety and Recovery ActSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has formally introduced the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act (Senate Bill 824) in response to a growing outcry from homeowners facing insurance cancellation and non-renewal after a record-setting storm of