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May 4, 2022

Other proposals regarding funding include a bill that would create a state-administered fund for abortions that encourages private-sector donations, “so that the state funds don’t have to provide alone for this influx,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), the author of Senate Bill 1142, said Tuesday.

May 4, 2022

On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento highlighted a package of bills moving through the Legislature intended to shore up abortion access in California.

The bills include a measure to create a fund to pay for abortions for low-income people. The state’s health insurance program for low-income Californians, Medi-Cal, already covers abortion services, but lawmakers said the money could further expand access to low-income people and could fund abortions for women from other states.

May 4, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, who also represents Berkeley and the East Bay, said California will be a “beacon for reproductive freedom” and called the SCOTUS vote “outrageous.” And Berkeley State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, who famously brought her newborn baby to the assembly floor in 2020 and has publicly shared her own experience with miscarriage and abortion, again shared her experience on television Tuesday.

 

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May 4, 2022

“I learned I was pregnant after casual sex — sex that both my partner and I thought was ‘protected.’ We had no intention to have a child. Roe vs Wade was decided just a few years earlier. My abortion: no regrets.”

—Nancy Skinner, California State Senator, D-Berkeley

 

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April 29, 2022

U.S. citizenship has long been a presumed condition of employment for sworn police officers. Most states make it an explicit requirement. One of them is California. But now the majority Democrats in the state legislature are working to remove that condition. State Senator Nancy Skinner says she introduced the bill when she heard about police departments unable to hire non-citizens who were otherwise qualified.

 

April 29, 2022

Atop the spending list is a proposal to send $8 billion in payments to taxpayers, a move that Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) pitched as a way to combat rising costs of energy and consumer goods. The plan would also include rebates to small businesses and nonprofits to help repay federal unemployment debt, along with grants that could be used to offset new costs from the state’s supplemental Covid-19 sick leave program.