Press Releases

SB 532 Ensures Process to Create and Remove Student School Board Member Position

Monday, September 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will protect the voice of students by ensuring a formal and transparent process for both the establishment and removal of a student school board member position on a school district’s governing board.

Friday, September 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today co-sponsored two events in the 20th State Senate District with Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

SB 334 Sets Legal Right to Safe and Clean Drinking Water at Schools

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) prohibiting schools from providing drinking water that does not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards for lead passed its final hurdle in the Legislature today and now advances to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.

SB 334 specifically requires that school districts take steps each school day to provide free, clean and safe drinking water on campus to students, teachers, employees and visitors.

Senator Will Continue Working to Protect Airport Employee Wages, Benefits

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today issued the following statement in response to the recent news that the City of Los Angeles has tentatively agreed to transfer ownership of the LA/Ontario International Airport back to the City of Ontario:

“I am supportive of the local control effort to transfer the Ontario Airport back to the City of Ontario and commend Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the City of Ontario for working collaboratively toward the recent progress that prioritizes the needs of our local airport and residents.”

SB 651 Helps Victims Receive Compensation Following Crimes by Minors

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ensure that all victims of crimes committed by minors are eligible to receive due compensation.

Cosponsored by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and Crime Victims Action Alliance, SB 651 would expand the statutory definition of a ‘victim’ so that derivative victims—such as spouses, family members and housemates—will be eligible for compensation as a result of a crime committed against them by a minor.      

SB 426 Earns Strong Bipartisan Support, Helps CA Seniors & Families

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 426—legislation that protects the financial security of seniors and their families and places safeguards on an insurance product that is intended to provide seniors with a stable economic future—was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown earlier today.

SB 334 Requires Testing of Drinking Water for Lead at Schools

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would require testing of drinking water for lead at schools in California to ensure water quality and safety passed from the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee earlier today with strong bipartisan support.  

SB 334 would also require that—at schools where water is found to be unsafe—schools districts must provide their students and school populations with clean drinking water.

SB 398 Helps Small Non-Profits, Businesses, Communities Access Vital State Funds

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved timely legislation with bipartisan support that will provide technical assistance to small non-profits, disadvantaged communities and small businesses to access funding for energy efficiency upgrades or projects that reduce the negative health impacts of poor air quality.