Press Releases

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – With the Trump Administration poised to expand immigration detention nationwide, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 29, the Dignity not Detention bill authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), by a 5-2 vote.

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Nine days after introducing a comprehensive bill package to reform California’s criminal justice system for juveniles and young adults, five of the measures have passed their initial policy tests.

The latest action came today as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved bills to eliminate court fees on those found innocent and to keep records sealed on those not convicted of a crime.

March 23, 2017

RIVERSIDE, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement as the California Air Resources Board adopted a plan to curb short-lived climate pollutants that are a major cause of air pollution and poor health. Sen. Lara joined the Board as an ex officio member in February 2017.

March 23, 2017

Proposals in Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (Senate Bill 258) enjoy strong bipartisan support

SACRAMENTO, CA – A new poll shows California voters overwhelmingly support legislation to require ingredient labeling on cleaning products sold in the state. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 258) to require detailed ingredient labels on cleaning products sold in the state.

March 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Barely 24 hours after their formal introduction, three landmark juvenile justice bills joint authored by Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won approval today in their first hearing at the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Senate Bill 190 – Juvenile Fees
Ends the harmful, unlawful and costly assessment and collection of administrative fees against families with youth in the juvenile justice system.

March 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) today introduced a package of bills to keep young children out of the juvenile justice system and fix longstanding inequity for youth and adults.

The two Senate leaders are joint authors on bills that together seek major justice reforms for juveniles and adults.

March 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

March 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the Trump Administration targeting people for unconstitutional actions based on their religion, race and national origin, the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Appriopriations Committee on Monday, March 13, along with other bills to protect Californians’ privacy and freedom.

March 06, 2017

For immediate release: Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released the following statement on House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Lara is joint author of the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which will create universal healthcare plan to cover all Californians.

February 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today released the following statement in response to a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 958, which he authored and was signed into law in 2016. SB958 established the Citizens Redistricting Commission in the County of Los Angeles:

“It took a voting rights lawsuit to create the first Latino-majority district on the board more than 20 years ago.