Press Releases

Applauds Governor’s Commitment to Protecting All Californians

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the below statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address to a joint session of the California State Legislature this morning:

“Just days into a new federal Administration, I greatly appreciated hearing Governor Brown’s sensible vision and plan for the state of California in response to constantly evolving rhetoric and realities nationally.  In this changing environment, I am confident that the Governor, the Senate and the Assembly will continue to set California on a path to lead the nation.”

SB 170 Would Allow Children 10 and Older to Testify in Court

Monday, January 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced important legislation to allow a child who is 10 years of age or older to address the court regarding their own custody or visitation, if the child wishes to do so.

Leyva Bill Triggered Recent School Water Safety Actions from State Water Board

Monday, January 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is pleased that—in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s veto message directive of Senate Bill 334 in 2015—the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently announced a new initiative that requires all community water systems to provide free lead water testing to school districts upon request.  Current law and testing procedures test water as it leaves the community water system and at the tap in individual homes to ensure cleanliness and safety, but there are no such statewide procedures for schools. 

SB 78 Would Keep 67,000 Children in After School Programs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced important legislation to increase funding for California’s statewide after school program, which has not received an augmentation for over a decade. 

Senator Seeks Increased After School Funding, Will Soon Introduce Legislation

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown introduced his 2017-18 budget proposal earlier today:

“From my initial review, I am cautiously optimistic about today’s budget proposal by Governor Jerry Brown.  As Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, I firmly believe that we must continue to strengthen the ability for families to feed, clothe, house, educate and protect their children and loved ones, as well as further bolster and invest in our state’s recovery and ongoing economic development.”

Leyva to Continue Serving on Senate Rules Committee

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) selected Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to serve on the following committees:

  • Education
  • Elections and Constitutional Amendments
  • Health
  • Public Employment and Retirement
  • Rules

Senator Leyva will also continue serving as Democratic Caucus Chair of the California State Senate.

SB 26 Would Close Existing Loopholes That Can Endanger School Children

Monday, December 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the 2017-2018 legislative session, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced important legislation to protect school children from dangerous sex offenders.  Specifically, SB 26 would prohibit registered sex offenders from entering school campuses in California.

SB 15 Would Increase Maximum Cal Grant C Awards for Access Costs from $547 to $3,000

Monday, December 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, as the California State Senate reconvened, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced a vital bill to help community college students in California pay for their education and related access costs.