2021 Legislation

As of Sept. 10, 2021, Sen. Nancy Skinner has the following legislation advancing in the 2021 legislative session:

SB 8 (Housing): Approved by the state Legislature on Sept. 1, 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 extends SB 330’s provisions until 2030 and adds 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): Approved by the California Legislature on Sept. 2, SB 16 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 26 (College Athletes’ Rights): Signed into law by Gov. Newsom on Aug. 31, SB 26 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 Sept. 1, 2021. SB 26 also expands the Fair Pay to Play Act to include California community college athletes. Click here to read the press release.

SB 27 (Carbon Sequestration): Approved by the Legislature on Sept. 3, SB 27 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. Click here to read the press release.

SB 65 (California Momnibus Act): Approved by the Legislature on Sept. 10, 2021, SB 65 includes several legislative and budget 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 (Judicial Guidelines for Sentencing Enhancements): Approved by the Legislature on Sept. 9, SB 81 creates a set of guidelines for courts to curb the overuse of sentence enhancements that add years to a person's prison term, unless a judge determines that a sentence enhancement is 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 290 (Housing Density Bonus): Approved by theLegislature on Aug. 30, SB 290 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 354 (Foster youth placement): Approved by the Legislature on Sept. 10, SB 354 expands opportunities in the foster care system for children to be housed with relatives and non-relative extended family member caregivers, provided that the child is not endangered. Click here to read the press release.

SB 364 (School Meals for All): Now a two-year bill and state budget action. 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 524 (Choose Your Own Pharmacist): Approved by the Legislature on Sept. 3, SB 524 bars most health care service plans or their agents from requiring patients to fulfill their prescriptions at a particular pharmacy. Click here to read the press release.

SB 746 (Truth in Elections): Now a two-year bill, 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.