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June 30, 2020

CDCR’s response to the pandemic will come under scrutiny in a July 1 oversight hearing to be convened by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Safety.

June 29, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee, said she intends to hold an oversight hearing but also expects that the Legislature will vote on the proposal by the Aug. 31 close of the legislative session.

June 25, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who has long focused on prison matters, is calling for a Sacramento hearing on Wednesday to investigate the issue.

June 24, 2020

California’s Senate Committee on Public Safety has scheduled the hearing for July 1, said committee Chair Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who said the transfer of inmates from the Chino prison “raises serious questions” about the system’s management of the virus.

June 24, 2020

On Tuesday, State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), chair of the committee, announced the formation of an oversight committee to explore the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s “current and future plans for handling of the outbreak,” as well as causes of outbreaks in 19 state prisons.

June 24, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee, plans to hold an oversight hearing next Wednesday. She says the outbreak at San Quentin raises “serious questions” about the Department of Corrections’ management.

May 27, 2020

Senate Bill 1085, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of California’s density bonus law so that more builders incorporate affordable housing units in their market-rate projects, won bipartisan approval Tuesday from the Senate Housing Committee on a 9-0 vote. 

May 27, 2020

SB 1085, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, modifies the state’s density bonus law to incentivize the construction of more moderately priced housing for teachers, first responders, and other Californians who can’t afford today’s sky-high prices, as well as the creation of more housing for very-low-income Californians and low-income college students.

May 22, 2020

A bill from Sen. Nancy Skinner, Democrat from Berkeley, would enhance an existing state “density bonus program” that allows developers to build taller and denser if they charge below market-rates for some of their units.


May 21, 2020

A bill that would bar the use of uncorroborated information from confidential informants at parole hearings was approved by the state Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.