Press Releases

SB 1449 ‘Will Help Ensure Justice for Survivors and Keep Rapists Off Our Streets’

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, the California State Senate today passed important legislation 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 1072 Helps Local Communities Most Impacted by Poverty and Pollution

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will maximize greenhouse gas reduction and climate adaptation investments in low-income and under-resourced communities statewide.

SB 1288 Supported by Broad Coalition of Labor and Patient Advocates

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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

Advancing to the Assembly, SB 820 Would Eliminate ‘Curtain of Secrecy’

Monday, May 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With bipartisan support, the California State Senate today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ban the use of secret settlements related to specified sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Co-sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California and the California Women’s Law Center, SB 820—also known as the STAND (Stand Together Against Non-Disclosures) Act—will specifically ban secret settlements (non-disclosure agreements) in cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination.

Key Legislation Addressing Problem to be Highlighted at Press Conference

Monday, May 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, May 15th at 11am, Senator Connie M. Leyva and Assemblymember David Chiu—along with a broad coalition of supporters—will hold a press conference to discuss the importance of passing legislation to ensure that all rape kits in California are tested promptly.  SB 1449 requires that newly collected rape kits be submitted within 20 days and tested no later than 120 days after receipt and AB 3118 requires a statewide audit of California’s current rape kit backlog.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the 2018-2019 state budget:

“As the State Senator representing the 20th State Senate District, I strongly believe that California’s budget can and must help to improve the lives of residents in the Inland Empire and across the state.  Today’s revised budget proposal both increases opportunity and takes into account the challenges faced by Californians in their daily lives.”

SB 820 Ensures Victims Are No Longer Silenced

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed Senate Bill 820—which will ban the inclusion of secret settlements related to specified sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment—by a vote of 5-1.

Authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), SB 820 will specifically ban secret settlements (non-disclosure agreements) in cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination. The measure will apply to both private and public employers in California, including the California State Legislature.

SB 960 Improves Inmate Safety and Increases Transparency

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved SB 960 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) which would ensure that state prisons in California promptly inform an inmate’s listed family member or contact person following the inmate’s serious illness/injury or death, including attempted suicide.