Press Releases

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.

SB 210 “reinforces California’s leadership on improving air quality and public health”

Friday, September 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – While the federal government attempts to undo California’s continued efforts and successes on air quality, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a measure today authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that establishes ‘smog check’ requirements for heavy-duty diesel trucks in California.  Current law does not require heavy-duty vehicles to have the same types of smog checks that have been required for passenger vehicles for decades.

SB 24 “reaffirms the right of every college student to access abortion”

Friday, September 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – As access to abortion and reproductive health care is under attack in states across our country, the California State Legislature gave final approval to 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 up to 10 weeks.

Senator Leyva: SB 210 prioritizes “our resolve to reduce pollution and clean the air we breathe”

Friday, September 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 210—a measure that will establish ‘smog check’ requirements for heavy-duty diesel trucks in California—and sent this important air quality bill to the Governor for his consideration. Unlike personal vehicles, current law does not require heavy-duty vehicles to have the same types of smog checks that have been required for passenger vehicles for decades.