Press Releases

SB 523 Makes Contraceptive Equity Laws Gender Neutral, Increases Access to Care

Monday, April 5, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Building on the fundamental notion that Californians should have prompt access to birth control when they need it, the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee today approved Senate Bill 523 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will expand and modernize birth control access in California—and ensure greater contraceptive equity statewide—regardless of an individual’s gender or insurance coverage status.

SB 53 Would Hold Perpetrators of ‘Cyber Flashing’ Accountable

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to establish legal protections for technology users when they receive unsolicited sexually explicit images and videos—known as ‘cyber flashing’—passed from the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

SACRAMENTO –Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is proud to announce that she has selected Pomona resident Jeanette Ellis-Royston as the 2021 “Woman of the Year” for the 20th State Senate District.

SB 309 Will Help Better Prepare High School Students to Attend a UC or CSU

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) ensuring that more students are able to successfully complete the University of California (UC) / California State University (CSU) A-G course requirements passed from the Senate Education Committee earlier today. 

SB 566 Ensures CSU Pays Employees Fairly and Equitably

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 566 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will restore 5 percent salary steps for thousands of California State University (CSU) support staff, including many of the lowest-paid employees at the university system—such as custodians and groundskeepers.

Applauds Focus on Equity and Assisting Struggling Families and Communities

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the statement below following Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address in a virtual presentation to the California State Legislature:

If Enacted, SB 215 Would Enable California to Join Over Two Dozen States in Implementing Similar Tracking Portals

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, the Senate Public Safety Committee today approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will require the addition of a new online portal to California’s existing rape kit tracking system to allow survivors of sexual assault to anonymously and electronically track and receive updates regarding the status, location and information regarding their rape kit.

SB 566 Ensures That Long-Standing CSU Employees Are Paid Fairly and Equitably

Thursday, February 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – To ensure that CSU support staff are able to earn a salary that is competitive and on par with their counterparts, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced SB 566 that will restore 5 percent salary steps for thousands of California State University (CSU) support staff, many of whom are the lowest-paid employees at the university system—such as custodians and groundskeepers.  This legislation will provide parity with California’s other state agencies and over 210,000 state employees.