Press Releases

SB 291 will improve college access and student graduation rates

Thursday, May 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – In order to address the quickly escalating total costs of attending community college, the California State Senate approved legislation earlier today that establishes the California Community College Student Financial Aid Program that would base financial aid on not only the cost of tuition, but rather on the total cost of attendance—including the cost of housing, transportation and textbooks.

SB 22 Supported by Survivor Rights and Law Enforcement Organizations

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Without a single ‘No’ vote, the California State Senate passed legislation earlier today authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will require law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories to promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California.

SB 24 Would Remove Barriers to Abortion Care for UC and CSU Students

Monday, May 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – As other states continue to ban or severely restrict abortion, the California State Senate today approved the “College Student Right to Access Act” by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ensure access to medication abortion on California public university campuses for students who seek to end their pregnancy during the first ten weeks.

Friday, May 10, 2019

With Mother's Day just days away, now is the perfect time to reflect on being a Senator and a mom. Listen to Senators Connie M. Leyva and Holly J. Mitchell share stories of challenge and tales from the heart about being a lawmaker and a mother by clicking HERE

Thursday, May 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision of the 2019-2020 state budget:

SB 227 Ensures Hospitals Follow Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Regulations

Thursday, May 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today passed important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements.

In order to enhance hospital patient safety, Senate Bill 227 empowers CDPH to enforce the nurse staffing ratios by fining hospitals that repeatedly create unsafe conditions for patient care.  The proposal would require the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to conduct unannounced visits to hospitals to inspect for compliance with nurse staffing requirements.

SB 564 Protects Performers from Deepfakes, Last Minute Nudity Riders

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO – After reviewing the impact on victims of both deepfakes technology and nudity contractual agreements forced and then agreed upon under duress, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that tackles important issues that can be extremely damaging to a person’s life, career, public perception and even mental health.

SB 24 “Supports the Academic and Personal Success of College Students”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Education Committee approved 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.