Press Releases

Heroic Agencies, First Responders Deserve 100% Reimbursement

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – An important bill authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would ensure that local and law enforcement agencies that responded to the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino can be fully reimbursed for eligible costs incurred as a result of that tragic event passed out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee today.

SB 1398 Advances to Assembly Appropriations Committee

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee approved an important bill that would improve the safety of drinking water and protect Californians from toxic lead exposure with bipartisan support.

Authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), SB 1398 would require all California public water systems to gather inventories of lead pipes in use and then to provide the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) a timeline for their replacement.

SB 1167 Would Protect Indoor Workers From Heat Illness, Hazards

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO –  Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to protect workers from dangerously high temperatures within warehouses and other work locations in California passed earlier today from the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee today.

Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, International Longshore and Warehouse Union and California Conference of Machinists, SB 1167 would protect indoor workers in the same way as outdoor workers, such as agricultural workers and landscaping workers, are already covered by high heat standards.

SB 1015 Would Eliminate January 1, 2017 Sunset of Existing Law

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee today approved legislation that would continue the success from AB 241 (2013)—which granted overtime protections to California’s privately hired domestic workers—by removing the 2017 sunset date and making the law’s provisions permanent.

SB 813 Would Help Ensure Justice for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, the Assembly Public Safety Committee today approved a bill authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would eliminate the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes in California.  Aiming to ensure justice for victims and survivors of felony sexual offenses, SB 813 would allow the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved the 2016-2017 state budget earlier today:

“Following many weeks of extensive committee discussions and public dialogue, as well as engaging with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate today met the June 15th constitutional deadline to approve and send to the Governor a balanced state budget for his consideration.”

SB 384 Ensures Housing Funds for Underserved Veterans in California

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee today passed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that ensures that California’s underserved veterans have access to safe and permanent housing once they return from active duty.  SB 384 specifically requires that a percentage of funding available for veterans housing be utilized for housing underserved veterans, such as women with children.  The precise percentage of funds will be determined by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with other appropriate agencies.

Nearly 100 Public Water Systems in CA Have Noted High Lead Levels Since 2012

Thursday, June 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In order to ensure the safety of drinking water in communities throughout California, the California State Senate today passed critical legislation that would help to reduce public health risks and protect Californians from toxic lead exposure. 

Introduced in February 2016 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), SB 1398 would specifically require all California public water systems to compile inventories of lead pipes in use and then to provide the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) with a timeline for their replacement.

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