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May 23, 2019

Nancy Skinner, a state senator from Berkeley who introduced 1421, says "sunshine is a great disinfectant,” noting that complying with the law should benefit departments.

"For law enforcement to do their job, they need the community’s trust," says Skinner. "When you block access to information from the public, that trust will not be there.”


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May 23, 2019

College athletes in California would be able to sign with agents and profit from endorsement deals under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday, prompting a potential showdown with the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., which bars such compensation.

Senate Bill 206 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) passed the Senate 31-4 and now heads to the Assembly for consideration in the coming months.


May 14, 2019

"The number of drug overdoses in California's prisons has more than doubled in the past three years, so Gov. Newsom's plan to significantly increase funding for medical-assisted treatments is the right move," said state Senator Nancy Skinner, D- Berkeley, who chairs the Senate's Public Safety Committee and is heading the budget panel taking up the proposal on Tuesday.

"Treating the root causes of addiction is key to combating the opioid crisis," said Skinner, who has called on prison officers to consider different strategies to curb the demand for drugs behind bars.

May 14, 2019

Force of Law host Laurel Rosenhall moderated a panel in Sacramento on police misconduct and transparency in California. Participants discussed a new state law that requires police departments to release once-secret records related to police misconduct and shootings, as well as an upcoming requirement on the release of body camera footage and the controversial debate over legislation to change the use-of-force standard. Speakers included:

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), SB 1421 Author

May 8, 2019

In January, citing reporting by the East Bay Express as well as the numerous allegations found in some of the lawsuits described in this story, State Sen. Nancy Skinner wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors expressing support for an independent financial and performance audit. "A strong performance audit will generate crucial evaluative data that can thoroughly assess all current practices and policies [and] provide lifesaving recommendations for implementation," Skinner wrote.

May 7, 2019

Legislation that would help the City of Oakland finance infrastructure and transportation projects for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal was approved Monday by the State Senate. At the time of the vote, Senate Bill 293, which was authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, was approved 34-0.

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May 5, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, chairwoman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, points to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

“One of the horrible things about fentanyl is that it can be used in such tiny quantities that it’s so much harder to detect,” she said.

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May 4, 2019

One guest interview is with state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), the author of bills to suspend local government restrictions on growth and increase funding for tenants at risk of homelessness, and a key supporter of SB 50.

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April 29, 2019

SB293, authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), would streamline the process for financing infrastructure improvements — roads, walkways, electrical and sewer lines — near the new ballpark site. The Oakland City Council will ultimately decide on whether the A’s are eligible for city funding.

The bill was passed unanimously Wednesday by the Governance and Finance Committee and will be heard on the Senate floor in May. A date has not yet been set.

April 26, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who authored SB1421, said she has been surprised by the sheer number of sexual assault cases released so far this year. She said the statute is helping to “build back trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

For those whose family members have been killed by law enforcement, the records can ease their frustration by providing more information on how investigations were handled, Skinner said.