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April 26, 2022

The centerpiece is SB 1142, by Democratic Sens. Anna Caballero of Salinas and Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, which would create a state-administered fund to assist patients who face financial barriers to obtaining an abortion and support public research into improving access. Advocates are seeking $20 million from the state to launch the fund.

April 10, 2022

The California bill was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner. During a March 22 California Senate Public Safety Committee hearing, Skinner said the bill “does not allow for any person who is undocumented” to become a police officer.

“You must be a person who is legally authorized to work, so you have that legal paperwork, and then, in California, if this bill passes, you would be able to be a sworn officer,” she said.


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April 1, 2022

SB 1075 / SB 1463: I wrote last week about the potential for green hydrogen to help replace fossil fuels in Los Angeles — and the many potential pitfalls. The first of these bills would set up a “clean hydrogen hub” fund within the state treasury, and require energy regulators to study hydrogen’s benefits; the second would establish a “fueling hub” to help heavy-duty trucks fill up with hydrogen instead of diesel at either the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach, an idea supported by local officials.

March 26, 2022

As a candidate in the 1980s for Berkeley City Council, now-State Sen. Nancy Skinner had run on a platform that was based “almost entirely… to take back our waterfront and make sure it’s publicly accessible and preserved forever.”

The cove, a rare shoreline access point along the East Bay, is also a unique front of natural preservation in a predominantly urban area.


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March 18, 2022

As other states move to limit or ban abortion, a Bay Area lawmaker proposed Thursday to establish a state fund to assist women traveling to California to obtain abortions.

The legislation, SB1142, “sends a clear message to the rest of the nation,” said state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. “We are fully committed to ensuring that California women and those who may seek refuge here have access to all reproductive services, including abortion.”


March 18, 2022

California lawmakers revealed a bill that would create a mechanism for taxpayers to pay for women in other states where abortion might be illegal to travel to California to receive care. The bill would create the Abortion Practical Support Fund, which would give grants to nonprofit groups that help women get abortions. The groups could use the money to pay for things like airfare, lodging, ground transportation, gas money, meals, dependent child care, doula support, and translation services.