2022 Legislation

These bills by Sen. Skinner are moving forward in the 2022 Legislative Session:

SB 301 (Online Marketplaces: Retail Theft): As more and more of our shopping is done on the internet, organized retail theft rings are doing the same: selling stolen goods online. SB 301 requires internet marketplaces to verify the source of goods they sell. Approved by the state Senate on Jan. 24, 2022 on a 34-0 vote, SB 301 is now in the Assembly.

SB 364 (School Meals for All II): This school year, California became the first state to offer free meals to all students at our public schools. SB 364 builds on this success by ensuring food access even when school is not in session. Approved unanimously by the state Senate on Jan. 26, 2022, SB 364 is now in the Assembly.

SB 641 (CalFresh for College Students Act): Federal law creates a lot of red tape for low-income college students to receive food assistance through CalFresh. SB 641 removes many application barriers so college students don’t have to go hungry. Approved unanimously by the state Senate on Jan. 26, 2022, SB 641 is now in the Assembly.

SB 746 (Reporting Political Content Curated by Online Platforms): California's campaign finance laws require companies or individuals to file reports that disclose when money is spent or other activity is engaged in to influence an election. SB 746 updates those laws to include reporting by internet platforms when they direct content in order to influence voters. Approved by the state Senate on Jan. 24, 2022 on a vote of 29-6, SB 746 is now in the Assembly.

SB 854 (The HOPE for Children Act): An estimated 27,000 Californina children lost a parent or primary caregiver to COVID-19. SB 854 creates HOPE Account trust funds for these children and for long-term foster youth. It also creates a state benefit for children who don’t qualify for federal Social Security Survivor benefits after their parent passes away. Click here to read the press release. SB 854 was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 19, 2022, but the bill's contents are included in the Senate Budget Plan.

SB 878 (Road to Success): California is dead last when it comes to providing rides to school. Having no transportation is the number one reason elementary grade students miss school. SB 878 will ensure that all students, grades TK-12, have the option of a free bus ride to and from their public school by the 2027-28 school year. Click here to read the press release. Approved by state Senate on May 23, 2022 on a 28-1 vote, SB 878 is now in the Assembly. 

SB 905 (Decarbonizing Cement): New federal and state investments have kickstarted infrastructure projects. Cement, a necessary ingredient of those projects, is carbon intensive. SB 905 will allow California cement manufacturing facilities to pilot capturing the carbon released from cement making and store it geologically. Click here to read the press release. Approved by the state Senate on May 24, 2022 on a 27-8 vote, SB 905 is now in the Assembly.

SB 960 (Expanding Eligibility for Peace Officers): SB 960 will remove the rule that prevents California law enforcement agencies from hiring noncitizen residents who have full legal work authorization and meet all other requirements to serve as peace officers. Approved by the state Senate on April 28, 2022 on a 29-8 vote, SB 960 is now in the Assembly.

SB 993 (Expanding Services for Crime Survivors): California law allows crime victims to receive financial help, medical assistance, or other healing services. But only 20% of crime survivors receive this help. SB 993 enhances services and financial support for survivors and people wrongly convicted of crimes. Click here to read the press release. Approved by the state Senate on May 25, 2022 on a 30-5 vote, SB 993 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1010 (Clean State Fleets): The state of California owns about 40,000 vehicles, most of which are still fueled by climate- and air-polluting gas or diesel. SB 1010 accelerates the state’s purchase of zero emission cars and trucks. Click here to read the press release. Approved by the state Senate on May 24, 2022 on a 30-7 vote, SB 1010 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1063 (Flexibility for Energy Innovation): Heat waves, drought, and more stress California’s electricity and water supplies. New technology and appliance standards can reduce water and electricity demand, lessening that stress. SB 1063 allows new efficiency rules by the California Energy Commission to take effect more quickly. Approved by the state Senate on May 23, 2022 on a 30-7 vote, SB 1063 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1075 (Green Hydrogen): Long-haul trucking, air travel and port operations are challenging to decarbonize. SB 1075 jumpstarts California's use of green hydrogen, a multi-faceted fuel and energy source that is suitable for many sectors, can maintain good-paying jobs, and take advantage of federal infrastructure dollars. Click here to read the press release. Approved unanimously by the state Senate on May 25, 2022, SB 1075 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1083 (Helping Families out of Homelessness): SB 1083 would build on recent state programs, like Project Roomkey and Project Homekey, that are working to end family homelessness. It would do so by nearly tripling the amount of time that homeless families can live in temporary housing to help ensure they can find permanent housing and avoid the cycle of homelessness. It would also reform California law so that low-income families facing homelessness or eviction can receive benefits more quickly and avoid becoming unsheltered. SB 1083 would also expand these temporary housing benefits to low-income pregnant people. Click here to read the press releaseApproved unanimously by the state Senate on May 25, 2022, SB 1083 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1115 (Women in Construction): California currently faces a significant shortage of construction workers, and women remain underrepresented in the trades. SB 1115 expands and improves opportunities for women in construction trades. Approved by the state Senate on May 23, 2022 on a 28-1 vote, SB 1115 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1142 (Expanding Access to Abortion Services) (Joint Author): More than 25 states now have laws that restrict abortions and there is growing concern the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority may overturn Roe v. Wade. SB 1142 expands and enhances access to reproductive care, not only for Californians, but for those who seek abortion services here. Click here to read the press release. Approved by the state Senate on May 25, 2022 on a 29-9 vote, SB 1142 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1200 (Relieving Legal Debt): California families burdened with insurmountable debt are vulnerable to court judgments that require a 10% interest rate, on top of interest already accrued, and empower creditors to collect by tapping wages, bank accounts and more. SB 1200 would reduce the interest rates on those legal judgments and prevent such judgments from being renewed indefinitely. Click here to read the press release. Approved by the state Senate on May 25, 2022 on a 29-8 vote, SB 1200 is now in the Assembly.

SB 1206 (HFCs): Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the coolant commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners, are a powerful climate pollutant. Although once released in the atmosphere, HFCs are short-lived, they are thousands of times more damaging than CO2. SB 1206 will accelerate the transition to less harmful HFCs and alternative coolants. Click here to read the press release. Approved by the state Senate on May 25, 2022 on a 30-9 vote, SB 1206 is now in the Assembly.