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June 29, 2021

The budget includes record-high reserves of $25.2 billion and record-high education funding of $93.7 billion. Major budget priorities include homelessness programs and a universal transitional kindergarten plan.

“In the wake of a 15-month pandemic that inflicted much pain and suffering on so many households, businesses and more, with this budget, California is building back boldly. This is a good news budget,” Sen. Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said before the vote on the Senate floor.


June 23, 2021

College athletes in California who are hoping to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness have a new date they can circle on their calendars:

Sept. 1, 2021.

June 23, 2021

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of compensating college athletes, two key California lawmakers say they want to launch the state’s groundbreaking ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ in time for the 2021 college football season.

The state law that allows athletes at colleges and universities in California to earn money from the use of their name, image and likeness currently does not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2023.

State Senators Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, say they want to go into effect on Sept. 1.

June 22, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), co-author of the Fair Pay to Play Act that allows California athletes to earn money off their names, praised the justices for saying no to the NCAA.

“For far too long, the NCAA has pocketed billions off the hard work and talent of student athletes while limiting the support colleges can provide and denying athletes any of that wealth,” she said in a statement.


June 22, 2021

The new ruling does not address Fair Pay to Play, scheduled to take effect in 2023, or similar laws passed in 18 other states. But the law’s author, state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said Monday that she expects the Supreme Court ruling to reinforce the idea that college athletes should be able to profit from their own brands, and to help shield the practice from future court challenges.

June 22, 2021

In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into a law a measure by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would allow players starting in 2023 to receive endorsement deals. The Legislature is now considering another bill from Skinner that would make the law effective immediately, given that Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico all have approved similar laws that become effective July 1.