February 13, 2020

For years, Mark Emmert has been a target for criticism from a wide swath of groups. Fans, media, players and even some school administrators have lambasted the NCAA president for the financial inequality that exists in college sports.

February 13, 2020

Legislation to allow college student-athletes in Nebraska to profit from their names, images and likenesses was advanced Wednesday to the floor of the Legislature.

February 13, 2020

In response to growing income inequality, some California lawmakers are looking at the possibility of tying tax rates for corporations to the gap between how much they pay their CEOs and what their average employees take home. That’s the idea behind state Senate Bill 37, legislation first introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) in December 2018.

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February 12, 2020

In the beginning of 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, passed SB1421 (by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley).

February 12, 2020

That “free” education NCAA athletes get has never really been free, and the costs are greater for some athletes than others.

February 5, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner on Monday introduced legislation designed to promote safety in California live-work and warehouse residences while protecting tenants from displacement.

Senate Bill 906, co-sponsored by the City of Oakland, would give property owners more time to correct non-life-threatening violations that could otherwise motivate them to evict tenants, and also update state live-work code that effectively outlaws many communal residences.

February 4, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today Senate Bill 906, which is designed to protect existing live-work and warehouse spaces used for housing to ensure safety improvements are made without residents being displaced. SB 906 would allow cities to work cooperatively with property owners to make live-work and warehouse spaces and other types of housing safer. The legislation would also reform California live-work laws that effectively make some communal live-work and warehouse spaces, including arts and maker communities, illegal.

“California’s housing crisis demands that we give cities the tools they need to protect existing housing while making it safer, especially live-work and warehouse spaces,” Sen. Skinner said. “Right now, cities are faced with difficult choices: Force the closure of live-work and warehouse spaces and other types of housing that have safety issues and push tenants onto the street; mandate upgrades that could make the housing too expensive for existing tenants; or ignore the problems and allow people to remain in potentially hazardous conditions. SB 906 is a necessary tool to protect and retain live-work and warehouse residences.”

January 31, 2020

“The bill is following the science,” said El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart, who is also the president of Chief Probation Officers of California.

Sen. Skinner consulted with Richart’s organization when crafting the bill. Richart pointed out many of those under the age of 19 have brains that are not fully developed.

 

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January 30, 2020

The new bill would make 18 and 19 year olds juveniles under California law.

 

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January 29, 2020

The state’s oldest teenagers would still be considered juveniles under proposed legislation announced Tuesday that would raise the age to 20 for adult prosecution.

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said the measure would amend state law by designating 18- and 19-year-olds as juveniles in criminal proceedings, ensuring they get support services for youth rather than punishment for adults.

“We have 21 as the age for alcohol. We have 21 as the age for tobacco,” Skinner said. “The research definitely shows that there’s an age difference in things like impulse control.”