Press Releases

SB 500 Protects Teens and Young Women from Perpetrators

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee today passed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would criminalize sexual extortion (“sextortion”) and provide prosecutors with an important tool to combat this serious crime.

Passed with bipartisan support, Senate Bill 500 updates California’s outdated extortion laws to not only include the coercion of a victim to hand over money or property, but also coercion involving sexual acts and sexually explicit images.

“Keep Kids Safe at School Act” Responds to Parent, Community Concerns

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Education Committee approved an important bill authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to protect school children from dangerous sex offenders.  Passed with strong bipartisan support, Senate Bill 26 would prohibit any registered sex offender from volunteering at K-12 schools and further restrict their access to school campuses in California.

Bill Will Ensure Safe On-Campus Access to Early Medical Abortion Services

Friday, March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In order to improve the safe and prompt access to comprehensive reproductive health services for young adult women, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) has introduced legislation to expand medical abortion services on University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and community college campuses.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) and Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 597, which would make victims of human trafficking eligible for the state’s Safe at Home confidential address program. Safe at Home services are currently offered to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

SB 575 Helps Low Income Residents Receive Vital Public Services

Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to help low income Californians receive potentially life-saving safety net services, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation to ensure that residents can obtain free access to their medical records when applying for public benefit programs.

SB 500 Protects Minors, Young Women, Others From Sexual Extortion

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation that will criminalize sexual extortion (sextortion) and ensure that victims are not further harmed by perpetrators.

SB 263 Creates the Building Local Climate Leadership Program

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In response to growing needs by low income and disadvantaged communities seeking funds for climate mitigation and adaptation, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation that will help to continue California’s local leadership on climate and substantially improve the ability of local cities, non-profits and small businesses to compete for climate investment funds.

SB 210 Prioritizes Schools to Receive Clean Water Grants

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced a critical bill to ensure that K-12 students across California have access to clean drinking water at school.