Press Releases

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.

SB 813 Eliminates Statute of Limitations for Rape in California

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate passed important bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to end the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes in California.  SB 813 specifically aims to ensure justice for victims and survivors of felony sexual offenses by allowing the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration.

SB 1167 Protects Indoor Workers From Heat Illness, Hazards

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to protect indoor workers from dangerously high temperatures within warehouses and other work locations in California passed from the California State Senate earlier today.

SB 1000 Helps Improve Health & Safety of Residents in Disadvantaged Communities

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today passed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would require the development of an Environmental Justice (EJ) element for future General Plans.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva is calling for applications to the 2nd Annual Senate District 20 Young Senators program.  The primary program objective is to provide high school students with leadership development opportunities.  This firsthand experience offers participants a better understanding of how representative government works, as well as greater knowledge about the legislative process and civic involvement.

Estimated Total Costs Spent by Local Agencies Surpass $18 Million

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved legislation that would allow local and law enforcement agencies that responded to the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino to be fully reimbursed for eligible costs that stemmed from that tragic event.

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