Press Releases

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.

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.