Press Releases

September 14, 2016


With Approval, California’s Obamacare exchange could offer unsubsidized health plans to undocumented immigrants

August 31, 2016

Bill sets reduction goals of 50% black carbon, 40% methane and 40% HFC gases in California by 2030

August 30, 2016

Lara’s Bill Expanding Opportunity for Med School Dreamers Heads to Governor Brown


August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) who is authoring first-in-the-nation legislation to prevent cities and counties from contracting with for-profit immigration detention centers in California, reacted to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson's announcement this morning that the Federal government would review its current practices with regard to these facilities.

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presented today a resolution calling on the federal government to provide unaccompanied minors due process by providing government-funded attorneys to all indigent children fighting deportation or seeking asylum. Senate Joint Resolution 28 was approved by a vote of 31-2. 


August 08, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) announced today the Central Basin Accountability Package to enact reforms within the embattled Water District. The two legislators will consolidate their two legislative proposals, Senate Bill 953 (Lara) and Assembly Bill 1794 (Garcia) to realize their shared vision to protect taxpayers. Both legislators will be co- authors on the package.

June 13, 2016

California to become first state to request waiver allowing undocumented residents to purchase health insurance through state exchange


June 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – An historic measure authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was approved in a bipartisan vote of 27 to 8 today and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration. Senate Bill 10, known as the #Health4All Waiver, will remove barriers to the health insurance market by directing the state to seek permission from the federal government to allow undocumented Californians to purchase their own health insurance through the Covered California Health Insurance Exchange.

May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León announced today​ the appointment of Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to a third term on the influential Budget Conference Committee. In response, Senator Lara released the following statement:

April 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced legislation to close a loophole that allows private universities to discriminate against students and staff based on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Senate Bill 1146 would require universities who are granted a Title IX exemption to disclose that information to the California Student Aid Commission and disseminate the information to students and staff.