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“Social media companies have the ability to protect our kids,” Skinner said. “They could act; they have not.”

A new California bill would prohibit social media websites from sending users under 18 “addictive” material without the consent of a parent or guardian.

Led by the state's Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, these bills present measures to grant parents control over their children's exposure to algorithmic social feeds and to establish safeguards for the privacy of individuals under 18. 

The Protecting Youth from Social Media Addiction Act — Senate Bill 976, written by East Bay Democratic state Senator Nancy Skinner — would set certain defaults on a child’s social media settings.

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced SB 976, alongside AG Rob Bonta at a news conference in Oakland. 

Sen. Nancy Skinner, the Democrat from Oakland who sponsored the law, called the citizenship rule archaic in a statement and said the new law could “improve the current relationship between law enforcement and communities of color by increasing the visibility and representation of people from the neighborhood.” 

State Senator and committee chair Nancy Skinner periodically reminded senators and the public that several more hearings on the budget would occur.

California Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, joined Inside California Politics co-host Nikki Laurenzo to discuss Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget and what comes next.