Press Releases

SB 850 Provides Workers One Week Advance Notice of Upcoming Work Schedule

Monday, January 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to help improve the lives of working families in California, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation to ensure reliable schedules for workers whose lives and paychecks are disrupted by constantly changing work schedules.

Friday, January 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), Vice Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal:

SB 796 Ensures School Employees Receive Full Pay While on Extended Sick Leave

Monday, January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As the California State Legislature reconvened today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced legislation that would repeal the 40-year-old California law requiring public school employees—including teachers—to pay for the cost of their substitutes, known as “differential pay”.  SB 796 would entitle school employees to continue to receive their full pay while on extended sick leave.

SB 227 Empowers CDPH to Enforce Nurse Staffing Ratio Requirements

Sunday, October 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 227, a bill by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements in California.

Specifically, SB 227 will require the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to conduct unannounced visits to hospitals to inspect for compliance with nurse staffing ratio requirements.  The proposal empowers CDPH to enforce the nurse staffing ratios by fining hospitals that repeatedly create unsafe conditions for patient care.

California Again Leads the Way on Improving Access to Reproductive Health Care

Friday, October 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – As the Trump Administration continues to roll back vital health care protections and services for women, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed historic legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ensure access to medication abortion services on California public university campuses for students who seek to end their pregnancy.

SB 71 Improves Transparency and Clarity in Campaign Finance Laws

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed important campaign finance legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will prevent elected officials or candidates that commit acts of sexual assault or harassment from avoiding the personal and financial consequences of their actions merely because of their access to political contributions.

SB 22 Will Help Ensure Justice for Survivors and Put Rapists Behind Bars

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly test all newly collected rape kits in California. 

SB 698 Supported by Education and Labor Organizations

Friday, October 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to require the University of California (UC) to follow the same rules as private employers and encourage university administrators to prioritize the accurate, timely and fair payment of their employees was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.