Press Releases

By Senator Connie M. Leyva, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval

Saturday, March 14, 2020

"Together as elected officials and community leaders of Pomona, we find it inappropriate that any federal representative would issue a misguided and misinformed statement, adding unnecessary confusion while we are in the midst of a pandemic by incorrectly saying homeless individuals with coronavirus are being “dumped” at a facility in Pomona. Stoking fear in our community while attempting to generate media attention at the height of a public health crisis is morally reprehensible.

Young Women Pay Fees, Have Limited Program Options Compared to Young Men

Friday, February 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO – In order to further California’s goal of providing an equal educational opportunity to students by prohibiting the use of public resources when a program discriminates based on gender, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced SB 1308 that will allow the use of public resources in Sacramento for California Boys State only if California Girls State participants receive comparable treatment.

SB 1182 Tackles Cyber Flashing—“A Modern Form of Sexual Harassment”

Thursday, February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) and Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) today introduced the FLASH (Forbid Lewd Activity and Sexual Harassment) Act, which would establish legal protections for technology users when they receive unsolicited sexually explicit images and videos—also known as ‘cyber flashing’.

Applauds Governor’s Focus on Impacts of Homelessness and Housing Instability

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address to a joint session of the California State Legislature:

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.