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February 17, 2021

State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced Senate Bill (SB) 398 at the State Capitol, intended to expand California’s legal cannabis market for cities and counties that have not allowed legal cannabis businesses.

February 17, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner introduced legislation Feb. 11 to loosen some of those constraints by expanding resources to help city and county governments that don’t have the wherewithal to oversee legal cannabis operations, she said in a release about her bill. S.B. 398 would allow local jurisdictions access to a state program that would manage certain bureaucratic functions for them, like enabling businesses to obtain licenses through the state.

February 13, 2021

In California, State Senator Nancy Skinner introduced a bill this week that would make school meals free for all public school students and shift schools’ considerable buying power to purchase more fresh food and better support local farmers. 

February 11, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, (D-Berkeley), introduced "School Meals for All" on Wednesday to make free meals available to every public school student without any burdensome application process or eligibility determination.

February 10, 2021

A California senator announced on Tuesday two criminal justice reform bills as part of a state panel recommendation to reform aspects of the criminal justice system.

February 10, 2021

Berkeley-based State Sen. Nancy Skinner introduced Senate Bill 81, which would direct trial-court judges to avoid sentencing enhancements related to juvenile crimes, crimes that did not involve a loaded or operable firearm, prior convictions older than five years, and convictions seeded by mental-health issues or past victimization or childhood trauma.

January 21, 2021

Disciplinary records of police officers found to have used deadly force, inflicted serious injuries, sexually assaulted someone or lied on the job had been kept secret in California until 2019, when SB 1421 went into effect. State Sen. Nancy Skinner, who represents Berkeley, wrote that legislation to open up law enforcement disciplinary records. In 2020, she moved to expand that legislation to grant access to records about officers who engaged in biased or discriminatory behavior or used excessive or unreasonable force.

January 16, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, chair of her house's Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, which met Thursday, said the state must keep its most vulnerable residents in mind when making spending decisions. 

January 10, 2021

California State Sen. Nancy Skinner called the California Correctional Peace Officers Association’s decision to attend a meeting in Las Vegas at the end of the month “offensive” and “dangerous” in light of mass Covid-19 deaths in the state’s correctional facilities.

January 9, 2021

Democratic lawmakers largely applauded the governor’s budget proposal, saying that many of his priorities are aligned with their own.

“I’m excited that we aren’t facing a cuts budget,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, who leads the Senate Budget Committee.

Skinner added that while the budget focuses on immediate needs like getting kids back into classrooms and supporting low-income families hard hit by the virus, lawmakers will negotiate with Newsom on how to allocate federal money that Congress recently approved, including rental assistance that the state must distribute.