Press Releases

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.

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.