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September 2, 2020

A separate measure to open up investigative records about police misconduct, SB776 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, also died when the Senate adjourned without giving it final approval. 

September 2, 2020

Willingness to compromise is a fairly new dynamic among the law enforcement lobby, said Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who carried the bill to expand public access to police misconduct records. 

September 2, 2020

Senate Bill 1079, which modifies the process for how foreclosed homes are sold at auction so that big corporations don’t have an advantage, has won approval from the California Legislature.

August 27, 2020

We keep hearing lawmakers talking in this post-George Floyd era about improving policing, ending abuses and addressing racism in law enforcement. None of that talk means squat if legislators fail to pass Senate Bills 776 and 731, which, respectively, would require transparency and accountability that’s common in most other states.

August 27, 2020

SB 776 by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) would enhance recent laws requiring public disclosure of police records.


August 26, 2020

Another gauge of legislative seriousness is a bill by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, to open more police records to public and press scrutiny. Building on a 2018 law by Skinner that has unearthed evidence of police misconduct, SB776 would extend its provisions to records related to use of force, wrongful arrests, sexual misconduct and racial and other discrimination.


August 25, 2020

Senate Bill 776 by State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley, adds to her 2018 reforms by ending the culture of secrecy around records of police misconduct and abuse.


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August 20, 2020

SB 776 (Skinner), would increase the transparency and reporting on the use of force incidents involving officers.


August 5, 2020

After winning approval in 2018 to loosen confidentiality rules protecting nearly all police personnel records, state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, is pushing to expand public access even further.

July 16, 2020

“Our juries now in California are wealthier and whiter than California residents as a whole, and certainly wealthier and whiter than most of the people who they are sitting there to judge,” said State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who co-authored the bill, in a press conference Wednesday.