Press Releases

Advancing to the Assembly, SB 820 Would Eliminate ‘Curtain of Secrecy’

Monday, May 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With bipartisan support, the California State Senate today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ban the use of secret settlements related to specified sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Co-sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California and the California Women’s Law Center, SB 820—also known as the STAND (Stand Together Against Non-Disclosures) Act—will specifically ban secret settlements (non-disclosure agreements) in cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination.

Key Legislation Addressing Problem to be Highlighted at Press Conference

Monday, May 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, May 15th at 11am, Senator Connie M. Leyva and Assemblymember David Chiu—along with a broad coalition of supporters—will hold a press conference to discuss the importance of passing legislation to ensure that all rape kits in California are tested promptly.  SB 1449 requires that newly collected rape kits be submitted within 20 days and tested no later than 120 days after receipt and AB 3118 requires a statewide audit of California’s current rape kit backlog.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the 2018-2019 state budget:

“As the State Senator representing the 20th State Senate District, I strongly believe that California’s budget can and must help to improve the lives of residents in the Inland Empire and across the state.  Today’s revised budget proposal both increases opportunity and takes into account the challenges faced by Californians in their daily lives.”

SB 820 Ensures Victims Are No Longer Silenced

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed Senate Bill 820—which will ban the inclusion of secret settlements related to specified sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment—by a vote of 5-1.

Authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), SB 820 will specifically ban secret settlements (non-disclosure agreements) in cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination. The measure will apply to both private and public employers in California, including the California State Legislature.

SB 960 Improves Inmate Safety and Increases Transparency

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved SB 960 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) which would ensure that state prisons in California promptly inform an inmate’s listed family member or contact person following the inmate’s serious illness/injury or death, including attempted suicide.

SB 1156 Prioritizes Needs of Patients, Enhances Continuity of Care

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With strong support from a broad range of organizations, the Senate Health Committee today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to put an end to insurance schemes by profit driven businesses targeted at vulnerable individuals suffering from kidney disease and addiction.

SB 1288 Ensures Hospitals Follow Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Regulations

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Following powerful testimony, legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements passed the Senate Health Committee earlier today.

Senator Leyva: “We will not tolerate efforts to silence victims”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to ensure that individuals can be held personally liable for retaliating against an employee for exercising their legal rights against discrimination and harassment under state law.

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