Press Releases

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.

SB 1156 Prioritizes Needs of Patients, Enhances Continuity of Care

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With strong support from a broad range of organizations, the Senate Health Committee today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to put an end to insurance schemes by profit driven businesses targeted at vulnerable individuals suffering from kidney disease and addiction.

SB 1288 Ensures Hospitals Follow Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Regulations

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Following powerful testimony, legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements passed the Senate Health Committee earlier today.

Senator Leyva: “We will not tolerate efforts to silence victims”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to ensure that individuals can be held personally liable for retaliating against an employee for exercising their legal rights against discrimination and harassment under state law.

SB 1130 Adds Mobilehomes to Property Tax Relief Program

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will help keep California senior, blind and disabled residents in their homes if and when they encounter financial difficulties passed from the Senate Governance and Finance Committee earlier today with strong bipartisan support.

SB 1041 Helps To Promptly Diagnose & Treat Children

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With unanimous support, the Senate Health Committee today approved SB 1041 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would help ensure that children at risk of lead exposure receive blood lead screening tests.

SB 1449 Helps Ensure Justice, Put Rapists Behind Bars

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee 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.