2021 Legislation

March 12, Sen. Nancy Skinner has introduced the following legislation in the 2021 legislative session:

SB 8 (Housing): SB 8, is a follow-up to Sen. Skinner’s groundbreaking legislation, SB 330, also known as the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. SB 330, which went into effect in January 2020, has jumpstarted housing production in California, even during the COVID-induced economic downturn. But SB 330 is scheduled to expire in 2025. SB 8 would extend SB 330’s provisions until 2030 and would add clarifying language to ensure that the bill’s original intent of streamlining the production of housing that meets a local jurisdiction’s existing zoning and other rules is met. Click here to read the press release.

SB 16 (Police Records): Expands and strengthens public access to police records by opening up records of officers who have engaged in biased or discriminatory behavior, conducted unlawful arrests or searches, or used force that is excessive or unreasonable. SB 16 will also ensure that officers with a history of misconduct can’t just quit their jobs, keep their records secret, and move on to continue bad behavior in another jurisdiction. Click here to read the press release.

SB 18 (Green Hydrogen): Accelerates California’s efforts to achieve its zero-carbon emissions goals by creating a blueprint for expanding the use of green hydrogen — a multifaceted, renewable energy source that has the potential to decarbonize not only the state’s power and energy needs, but also its industrial and transportation sectors. Click here to read the press release.

SB 26 (College Athletes’ Rights): Ensures that college athletes’ rights are fully protected and would move up the implementation date of SB 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act, to coincide with the NCAA’s recently proposed rule changes or no later than Jan. 1, 2022. SB 16 also includes safeguards to protect California college athletes’ newly granted ownership rights to their name, image, and likeness. Click here to read the press release.

SB 27 (Carbon Sequestration): Maximizes nature’s ability to store climate-changing carbon in the soil, grasslands, wetlands, forests, and other natural systems throughout California, as well as exploring cutting-edge technology to mimic this natural process.

SB 65 (California Momnibus Act): The Momnibus legislation includes several strategies to reduce pregnancy and postpartum death rates and infant mortality, especially for families of color. It will also improve research and data collection on racial and socio-economic factors that contribute to higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. Click here to read the press release.

SB 81 (Reforming Sentencing Enhancements): Creates a set of guidelines for courts so that sentence enhancements are no longer applied to nonviolent offenses and certain other cases unless a judge determines that the enhancements are necessary to protect public safety. SB 81 is based on one of the recommendations made by the state's Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code, of which Sen. Skinner is a member. Click here to read the press release.

SB 82 (Theft Is Not Robbery): Establishes a clear distinction between petty theft and felony robbery for cases in which no deadly weapon was used and no one was seriously injured. SB 82 is based on one of the recommendations made by the state's Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code, of which Sen. Skinner is a member. Click here to read the press release.

SB 220 (Craft Distillers): Allows craft distillers to ship direct-to-consumers past the expiration of the COVID-19 emergency measures, just as currently allowed for wine and brandy manufacturers in California.

SB 257 (Save Our Museums): Exempts nonprofit museums from possessory interest taxes when they rent out their facilities for events hosted by nonprofit organizations, community partners, or individuals, just as already allowed for specified veterans institutions that host similar events.

SB 262  (Bail Reform ) (Joint Author): Reforms California's money bail system to address the disproportionate impacts on low-income and low-wealth residents. SB 262 will set bail at $0 for misdemeanors and low-level felonies in California and will require that money paid for bail or bond is refunded when the charges are dropped, a case has been dismissed or if the person has not missed any required court appearances. The legislation also states that it is the Legislature’s intent to ensure that a person is not kept behind bars pending trial simply because of their inability to afford bail. Click here to read the press release.

SB 290 (Housing Density Bonus): Makes clarifications to California's housing Density Bonus law to spur the creation of more low-income student housing and for-sale housing for moderate-income residents. (SB 290 is exactly the same language that was in SB 1085 (2020) on the last day of session, when the Legislature ran out of time for a concurrence vote.) Click here tor read the press release.

SB 301 (Online Marketplaces): Seeks to regulate high-volume third-party sellers on online marketplaces.

SB 354 (Foster youth placement): Addresses California's shortage of foster care homes by reforming state regulations to make it easier to place children with family relatives.

SB 364 (School Meals for All): Make free meals available to every public school student. Includes provisions that emphasize meals that are freshly prepared with locally grown food, SB 364, Free School Meals for All, will reduce hunger, improve learning, help families, and support California farmers and food producers. Click here to read the press release.

SB 398 (Expanding Access to Legal Cannabis): Expands California’s legal cannabis market by allowing cities and counties to opt in to a state program that will manage licensing and regulations for them, enabling more legal cannabis businesses to open. Click here to read the press release,

SB 524 (Patient Steering): Bars health care service plans or health insurers from requiring patients to fulfill their prescriptions at a particular pharmacy.

SB 746 (Truth in Elections): SB 746 would address a new gap in political reporting requirements and promote internet transparency by requiring online platforms that use personal Internet information to directly target voters on behalf of a candidate or ballot measure to disclose that activity to voters if they request it.