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"My bill changed California's law so people can no longer be convicted of murder if they were not the actual killer," state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, wrote in a statement for this story.

Democratic leaders in the Legislature, who will play a key role in negotiating the final budget with Newsom, had similar responses to Newsom’s plan.

State Senators Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, announced new legislation that would bolster California’s “Red Flag” law and other state statutes that prevent gun violence.

State Senators Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, announced on Thursday SB 899, an act to establish uniform standards for the Golden State’s gun violence restraining order law.

Democratic Sens. Nancy Skinner of Oakland and Catherine Blakespear of Encinitas introduced a bill to strengthen the state’s red flag law, which authorizes law enforcement to confiscate firearms from individuals who have a gun violence restraining order against them, and pose a danger to themselves or others. 

"As abortions, contraception, and other essential health care continue to be criminalized across the country, California is not backing down," said state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

Introduced by state Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), SB 274 — also known as “Keep Students in School” — will prohibit the suspension or expulsion of public school students in 6-12th grade based on what’s known as “willful defiance.”

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) issued a statement denouncing what she considered “an act of cowardice.” “The menorah at Lake Merritt is a longstanding symbol and celebration of our East Bay Jewish community,” Skinner said.