By Senator Connie M. Leyva and Senator Ed Hernandez
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Republican lawmakers met at a private retreat in Philadelphia the other day and admitted to themselves what they refuse to tell the American public: They have no replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They have no workable plan. Their promise — to come up with a plan that would cover more people, at cheaper cost, while eliminating the revenue that would pay for such expanded coverage — is impossible to keep.
By Senator Connie M. Leyva and San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos
San Bernardino Sun
Over 30 years ago, a young woman was kidnapped and violently raped in a nearby Southern California county. Though there was no known suspect for many years, a suspect was finally identified through a DNA hit which gave the survivor hope that the rapist would finally be held accountable.
By Senator Connie M. Leyva and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
Since its formation in 1967, the California Air Resources Board has worked with the public, the business sector and local governments to protect our health and our state’s ecological resources. ARB employs hundreds of scientists and engineers, whose sole focus is to study and implement scientific-based solutions to our state’s complex air pollution problems.
Right now, the California Legislature is considering a state version of the federal earned income tax credit (EITC). The EITC is potentially one of the most impactful actions that we can take on behalf of the lowest-earning working families and individuals. This important proposal would positively affect an estimated 825,000 families and 2 million individuals in the Golden State.
By Senator Connie M. Leyva and Assemblymember Marc Steinorth
California’s sex offender laws are blanket policies that may not properly capture all of the nuances needed in various communities. While the state has laws that restrict where sex offenders can live, it is clear that communities know best where local children are most vulnerable and it is critical that local authorities have the necessary tools to protect them.
Home care is a demanding job. Those who do it often are family members or trusted friends of residents who require in-home support to remain safe and healthy. They rely on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) wages in lieu of other income in order to stay home with their loved ones.
Senator Leyva and Assemblymember Reyes will co-host the free 3rd Annual Young Women's Leadership Conference at CSU San Bernardino on Friday, March 24th from 8am - 2pm. High school and college students are invited and RSVP is required to attend.
During the 2015-2016 legislative session, Governor Brown signed 11 bills that I authored, including legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape, permanentely extend overtime for domestic workers, require review of environmental justice impacts on local communities, protect communities from lead pipe dangers, improve career technical education, among others.