2024 Legislation

Here is a brief summary of legislation by Sen. Skinner in the 2024 Legislation Session (Updated 03-06-24):

SB 56 (UC Berkeley Student Housing): SB 56 would allow the University of California to transfer ownership of the Rochdale Apartments in the city of Berkeley to the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC), so that BSC can continue to provide low-cost student housing at Rochdale. For more info, email Alexis.Rodriguez@sen.ca.gov

SB 59 (Equity, Period!): A two-year bill, SB 59 would ensure that Californians have access to free period products in the workplace and in public buildings. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 233 (Unleashing the Power of EVs with Bidirectional Capability): A two-year bill, SB 233 is designed to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles that also can power homes and support the electric grid. For more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 242 (HOPE Accounts): A two-year bill, SB 242 would prohibit funds deposited and investment returns accrued in a HOPE trust fund account from being considered as income or assets when determining eligibility and benefit amount for any means-tested program until an eligible youth withdraws or transfers the funds from the HOPE trust fund account. For more info, email George.Harris@sen.ca.gov

SB 254 (Restoring Media Access to Prisons): A two-year bill, SB 254 would restore news media access to California prisons. For more info, email Robert.Gammon@sen.ca.gov

SB 377 (Closing Loopholes on Illegal Firearm Sales): A two-year bill, SB 377 would close loopholes in existing law that allow CA law enforcement officers to buy illegal firearms for personal use or to resell them. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 440 (Enabling Regional Housing Finance Agencies): A two-year bill, SB 440 would enable local governments to join together to establish regional housing finance agencies to address affordable housing needs in their communities. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 516 (Patient-Centered Care): A two-year bill, SB 516 would help ensure that patients receive the medical treatment they need without unnecessary delays and give healthcare providers more time to spend on their patients rather than on paperwork. For more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 898 (Reducing UV Radiation in Vehicles): SB 898 would require all newly sold vehicles in California to be equipped with windows and sunroofs that filter at least 98 percent of the sun's  ultraviolet (UV) radiation. For more info, email Max.Ladow@sen.ca.gov

SB 899 (Improving Effectiveness of CA’s Gun Violence Prevention Laws) (Joint Author with Sen. Blakespear): SB 899 would bolster California’s “Red Flag” law and other state statutes that prevent gun violence. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 903 (Ending Forever Chemicals Act): SB 903 would prevent the sale and use of products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — toxic chemicals commonly known as “PFAS” — by 2030 unless the use of PFAS in the product is necessary and there is not a safer alternative available. See the bill's press releaseFor more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 906 (Helping Achieve Equity in College Sports NIL): SB 906 would bring transparency to name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals in California college sports and raise awareness about gender equity in NIL deals. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Robert.Gammon@sen.ca.gov

SB 941 (Industrial Decarbonization): SB 941 would further the process of decarbonizing California’s industrial sector, which currently accounts for about 25% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. See the bill's press releaseFor more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 950 (Healthy Recovery and Reentry): SB 950 is aimed at breaking the cycle of drug addiction and recidivism by helping to ensure that health care, supportive services, and the substance use treatment that many formerly incarcerated people rely on are continued after the person’s release and as they re-enter the community. For more info, email George.Harris@sen.ca.gov

SB 976 (Protecting Our Kids from Social Media Addiction): SB 976 would bar online platforms from sending an addictive social media feed or notifications to a minor without the consent of the youth’s parent or guardian. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 1001 (Death Penalty: Intellectual Disabilities): SB 1001 would provide necessary and important safeguards to ensure that California is not engaging in cruel and unusual punishment by executing people who are intellectually disabled. For more info, email George.Harris@sen.ca.gov

SB 1022 (Defending Housing, Employment & Other Civil Rights Violations): SB 1022 would strengthen the authority of the Civil Rights Department (CRD) to effectively investigate and prosecute violations of Californians’ civil rights. For more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 1073 (Green Cement and Concrete): SB 1073 would accelerate the transition to low-carbon cement and concrete by allowing state agencies to enter into contracts to purchase low-carbon cement or concrete products up to 10 years in advance. See the bill's press releaseFor more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 1144 (Shutting Down the Market for Stolen Goods): SB 1144 would strengthen California law regulating online marketplaces in order to reduce retail theft. For more info, email George.Harris@sen.ca.gov

SB 1210 Transparency of Utility Hook-Up Fees on New Housing): SB 1210 will bring much-need transparency to costly utility hook-up fees, such as for water, sewer, electrical, and gas service, on all new housing units. For more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov

SB 1211 (Flexibility for ADUs on Multifamily Housing): SB 1211 would open the door for more accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as second units or backyard cottages, on properties with multifamily housing. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 1212 (Removing Hedge Funds from Housing): SB 1212 would increase opportunities for homeownership by barring hedge funds and other corporate investment entities from buying single-family homes in California. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Rebecca.Sheff@sen.ca.gov

SB 1306 (New Market to Reclaim Rare Minerals): SB 1306 is designed to start a statewide effort to recover and reuse rare earth elements and other precious metals that are essential in clean energy manufacturing, such as electric vehicles, batteries, and wind turbines. See the bill's press release. For more info, email Jessica.Uzarski@sen.ca.gov