Senator Ricardo Lara's Voting Records

Office: State Senate (CA) - District 33, Democratic
Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
8/28/14 SB 199 Requires Certain Replica Guns to be Sold in Fluorescent Colors
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Yea
8/26/14 AB 1327 Prohibits Public Agencies from the Use of Drones
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
Yea
8/19/14 AB 420 Prohibits Student Suspensions for Certain Misconduct
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
Yea
6/23/14 AJR 1 Requests Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Yea
6/15/14 SB 852 2014-2015 Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
Yea
5/29/14 SB 1000 Requires Health Warning Labels on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Yea
5/29/14 SB 1132 Establishes a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing
Bill Failed - Senate (16 - 16)
Did Not Vote
5/29/14 SB 1253 Amends the Process for a Proposed Ballot Initiative
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Yea
5/29/14 SB 837 Establishes Pre-K Education Program for Low-Income Families
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
Yea
5/29/14 SB 935 Increases the Minimum Wage
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Yea
5/28/14 SB 1319 Expands Prevention and Response Programs for Ocean Oil Spills to Cover Inland Areas
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Yea
5/28/14 SB 1372 Amends the Corporate Tax Rate
Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 17)
Yea
5/27/14 SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Yea
5/08/14 SB 27 Requires Certain Nonprofit Organizations to Disclose Donors
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Yea
5/08/14 SB 962 Requires Smartphones to Include a Kill Switch
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
Yea
5/05/14 SB 1038 Requires Juvenile Courts to Seal Records
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
Yea
4/24/14 SB 962 Requires Smartphones to Include a Kill Switch
Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 17)
Nay
2/21/14 SB 1319 Expands Prevention and Response Programs for Ocean Oil Spills to Cover Inland Areas
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/20/14 AB 800 Authorizes the Fair Political Practices Commission to Conduct Audits and Investigations
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Yea
2/20/14 SB 1174 Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education
None - Senate
Sponsor
2/13/14 SB 1000 Requires Health Warning Labels on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/13/14 SB 1010 Amends Punishment for Cocaine Usage
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/30/14 SB 383 Authorizes Businesses to Collect Certain Cardholder Information in Online Transactions
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Yea
1/16/14 AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees
None - House
Co-sponsor
9/12/13 AB 10 Increases Minimum Wage
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
Yea
9/12/13 AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Yea
9/12/13 AB 60 Authorizes Driver's License for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
Yea
9/12/13 SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
Yea
9/12/13 SB 374 Prohibits Semiautomatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Yea
9/12/13 SB 755 Expands List of Crimes that Disqualify an Individual from Firearm Ownership
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Yea
9/11/13 AB 241 Expands Labor Laws for Domestic Workers
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Yea
9/11/13 SB 4 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Laws
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Yea
9/10/13 AB 48 Prohibits Large-Capacity Magazines and Large-Capacity Conversion Kits
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
Yea
9/10/13 AB 484 Amends State School Testing Process
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Yea
9/10/13 SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Yea
9/09/13 AB 4 Prohibits Law Enforcement from Detaining Individuals Solely Based on Immigration Status
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Yea
9/09/13 AB 711 Prohibits Lead Ammunition for Hunting
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Yea
8/26/13 AB 154 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Perform Aspiration Abortion Procedures
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Yea
8/26/13 AB 721 Amends Definition for the Transportation of Controlled Substances
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
Yea
7/08/13 AB 817 Amends Poll Worker Eligibility Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
Did Not Vote
7/03/13 AB 1266 Amends Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
Yea
6/27/13 AB 277 Authorizes Gaming on Traditional Tribal Territory
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
Yea
6/14/13 AB 76 Specifies that Compliance with the California Public Records Act is Optional
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Yea
5/29/13 SB 323 Prohibits Tax-Exempt Status for Organizations that Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Yea
5/29/13 SB 391 Establishes Fee for the Recording of Real Estate Transactions
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
Yea
5/29/13 SB 53 Requires Background Checks for the Purchase of Ammunition
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Yea
5/24/13 SB 648 Prohibits the Use of Electronic Cigarettes in Certain Public Areas
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
Yea
5/20/13 SB 439 Amends the Definition of Medical Marijuana
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
Did Not Vote
5/16/13 SB 552 Authorizes a Violence Awareness Component of School Curriculum
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
Yea
5/02/13 SB 501 Requires Social Networking Sites to Remove Personal Identifying Information
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Yea

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