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December 28, 2020

Since California passed a law allowing college athletes to profit from their fame, the issue has broadened and moved to Capitol Hill.

December 20, 2020

They should back state Sen. Nancy Skinner’s bill to strengthen California’s police records disclosure laws and state Sen. Steven Bradford’s push to set up a police certification system as 45 other states already have done.

December 18, 2020

California law formerly allowed murder charges against someone who did not kill anyone or intend to do so but took part in a crime — a street fight, for example — in which death was a “natural and probable consequence.”

December 8, 2020

The bumped-up timeline is part of why California Sens. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) announced Monday they will introduce a new bill that will push California’s start date to Jan. 1, 2022 or the day the NCAA’s rule goes into effect, whichever comes first.

December 8, 2020

The California state legislator who wrote what became the first state law designed to allow college athletes to make money from their name, image and likeness introduced a bill Monday that would expand the law’s impact and could hasten potential conflicts between state statutes and NCAA rules.

December 8, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, reintroduced a bill on Monday that would expand and strengthen public access to police records. Because of her previous bill, SB 1421, the public now has access to police records if there are sustained findings in three categories: dishonesty, sexual misconduct with a civilian or if an officer causes great bodily injury.

December 8, 2020

Three months after the legislative clock ran out, a Bay Area state senator is asking her colleagues to reconsider in their new term expanding a landmark police-transparency law mandating disclosure of officer-misconduct records, to cover allegations of racist behavior and close avenues used to ward scrutiny off problem officers.

September 29, 2020

“SB 1079 sends a clear message to Wall Street: California homes are not yours to gobble up; we won’t tolerate another corporate takeover of housing,” the bill’s author, Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, wrote in a news release. “Under SB 1079, families will have a fair chance at homeownership, and our local governments will have new tools to stop blight.”

September 29, 2020

Senate Bill 1079, introduced by state Senate Majority Whip Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, requires foreclosed homes to be sold individually at auction rather than bundled and sold to a single buyer.

September 29, 2020

Senate Bill 1079 was prompted in part by my book “Homewreckers.” The bill’s author, Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, says the preemptive timing is key. “We were late to the party” during the Great Recession, she said. By the time legislation passed, “the vast majority of homes had already been foreclosed on.”