Press Releases

SB 499 Builds on Senator’s Previous Successful Work on Environmental Justice Planning Requirements

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Continuing her advocacy and work to expand environmental justice protections for communities across California, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced SB 499 to prohibit land uses that may significantly worsen local environmental quality or adversely impact health outcomes from being located or expanded within disadvantaged communities.

SB 363 Will Finally End Unequal Treatment of Girls State Participants

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – In order to advance California’s goal of providing equitable educational and civic opportunities to girls, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced SB 363 that will allow the use of public resources in Sacramento for California Boys State only if California Girls State participants receive similar treatment.

SB 331 Empowers Victims of Any Type of Workplace Harassment or Discrimination to Speak Out

Monday, February 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Building on her legislative work to empower survivors of harassment and discrimination and prevent future abuses by perpetrators, Senator Connie M.

SB 309 Will Enhance High School Student Access to Required Coursework for UC / CSU Admission

Thursday, February 4, 2021

SACRAMENTO – To improve college access and preparation for all California students, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced SB 309 to establish a $200 million dollar grant program to ensure that more students successfully complete the University of California (UC) / California State University (CSU) A-G course requirements.  This critical legislation will help ensure that more California students are eligible to attend a UC or CSU directly from high school.

SB 228 Would Build Upon Success of NextUp Program to Better Serve Foster Youth

Friday, January 15, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Continuing her work to improve educational opportunities for foster youth, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced legislation allowing greater access to higher education for current and former foster youth by strengthening an existing program for foster youth attending California’s community colleges.

SB 215 Empowers Survivors and Strengthens Public Safety

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced legislation requiring the addition of a new online victim 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.

While on Extended Sick Leave, School Employees Would Receive Full Pay

Monday, January 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Building on her commitment to continue supporting California teachers and other school employees, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation that would repeal the 40-year-old California law requiring public school and community college employees—including teachers—to pay for the cost of their substitutes, known as “differential pay.”  Under SB 205, school employees would be entitled to continue receiving their full pay while on extended sick leave.

Friday, January 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal: