Press Releases

SB 331 Will Take Effect On January 1, 2022

Thursday, October 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Building on California’s continued commitment to empowering survivors, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed historic legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will expand current protections against secret settlements to now cover settlement agreements involving all forms of harassment or discrimination. 

SB 215 Builds on Previous Rape Kit Reform Legislation Authored by Senator Leyva

Thursday, October 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO – After earning strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that requires the addition of a new online portal to California’s existing rape kit tracking system to allow survivors of sexual assault to privately and electronically track and receive updates regarding the status, location and information regarding their rape kit.

SB 372 Will Make Zero Emission Vehicle Transition an Easier and More Equitable Option for Fleets of All Types and Sizes

Thursday, October 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO – To reduce air pollution and boost funding and deployment of zero emission vehicles in California, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to create an innovative state program, which will—in consultation with stakeholders—design new financing tools to help owners of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchase cleaner zero-emission alternatives.

SB 294 Eliminates Unfair Service Cap That Singles Out Education Employees

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed Senate Bill 294, a bill by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to create parity between educators and other public employees by removing the 12-year service credit that can be earned by an educator.

SB 727 Empowers Authorities To More Easily Cite Bad Actors in Construction Industry

Monday, September 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 727, a measure authored and championed by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to provide necessary enforcement tools to more effectively deter continued wage theft in the underground construction economy.

SB 278 Protects Firefighters, Police Officers, and Other Public Servants from Unfair Benefit Cuts

Monday, September 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO – After receiving strong bipartisan support in the Legislature, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation earlier today authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will protect a retiree’s promised and paid for collectively bargained benefits in cases where the benefit is reduced during retirement because of incorrectly reported information by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) employer.

Young Women Pay Fees, Do Not Visit Sacramento and Have Limited Program Opportunities Compared to Young Men

Thursday, September 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO – To ensure equity for civic education and leadership programs that have long limited full access and participation to young women, the California State Senate gave approval today to legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to end the unfair and discriminatory treatment of Girls State participants.  Following passage by the Legislature, Senate Bill 363 now advances to the Governor for consideration.

SB 372 Will Help Fleets in California to Transition Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks to Zero Emission Alternatives

Thursday, September 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 372 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), an important bill that will reduce air pollution and maximize funding and deployment of zero emission vehicles in California.  Now proceeding to the Governor’s desk for consideration, SB 372—also known as the “Cleaner and Greener Trucks” bill—will create an innovative state program that will design new financing tools to help owners of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchase cleaner zero-emission alternatives.