Press Releases

SB 1123 Offers Students ‘Practical Skills and Real Life Work Experience’

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will continue to allow students to take Career Technical Education (CTE) courses in high school in order to meet one of the necessary high school graduation requirements passed from the Senate Education Committee earlier today with unanimous bipartisan support.

Heroic Agencies, First Responders Deserve 100% Reimbursement

Monday, March 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In direct response to the heroic efforts of law enforcement agencies that responded to the tragic shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino in December 2015, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today announced that she will soon introduce legislation to seek full reimbursement for local law enforcement agencies that responded to the attack.

SB 946 Facilitates High School Students Serving as Poll Workers

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Civic Engagement for Students Act authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) passed from the Senate Education Committee with bipartisan support. 

Sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, SB 946 will allow schools to receive Average Daily Attendance funding for students that serve as poll workers. Beyond the clear educational benefits to students, schools will be further incentivized to promote civic learning among students who work at poll locations in California during elections.

SB 1167 Protects Indoor Workers From Heat Illness, Hazards

Thursday, February 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to protect workers from dangerously high temperatures within warehouses and other work locations in California, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced a bill to protect indoor workers in the same way as outdoor workers already covered by high heat standards, such as agricultural workers and landscaping workers.

SB 1015 Eliminates January 1, 2017 Sunset of Existing Law

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced SB 1015 to continue the success from AB 241 (2013) — which granted overtime protections to California’s privately hired domestic workers — by removing the 2017 sunset provision and making the law’s provisions permanent.

SB 1000 Helps Improve Health & Safety of Residents in Disadvantaged Communities

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to lessen the impact of pollution and other environmental contaminants on communities in California and the Inland Empire, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) has authored legislation requiring the development of an Environmental Justice (EJ) element for future General Plans.  State law already requires cities and counties in California to develop individual comprehensive General Plans to address seven mandated elements—land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise, and safety—to the extent that the provisions are locally relevant. 

Applauds Governor's Commitment to Improving Education & Infrastructure

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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

SB 813 Eliminates Statute of Limitations for Rape in California

Monday, January 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced important bipartisan legislation to end the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes in California.  SB 813 seeks to ensure justice for victims and survivors of felony sexual offenses by allowing the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration.