In the News

May 21, 2020

A bill to eliminate the use of uncorroborated allegations (allegations not confirmed or supported by other evidence and information) from a confidential informant as evidence in state parole hearings passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, as the committee approved the bill, SB 1064, with a bipartisan vote of 6-1.

May 21, 2020

SB1085, by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would give housing developers additional incentives, such as the ability to increase the size of a project, for including more affordable units.

May 21, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said her measure would free up “very affordable” and “moderately priced” units for California’s “missing middle,” including first responders and teachers.


May 8, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who serves on the Budget Committee, said the state must design cuts to “minimize harm” and encourage low-income people to take advantage of federal assistance like food stamps and the earned-income tax credit.


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April 30, 2020

“The good news is that across the country we are sort of moving as one voice,” Skinner said. “That clearly communicates to the NCAA that we feel student-athletes really deserve some extensive rights like all other Americans enjoy. Now, that said, our colleges do want to be part of championships and such. This is going to be an interesting experience to see whether all of us as states that feel strongly about this and the NCAA can meet a common ground.”


April 29, 2020

The NCAA's top governing body said Wednesday that it supports a proposal to allow college athletes to sign endorsement contracts and receive payment for other work, provided that the schools they attend are not involved in any of the payments.

April 29, 2020

Despite the Ventura County District Attorney’s arguments that SB 1437 is unconstitutional in that it conflicts with Propositions 7 and 115, the California Second District Court of Appeal finds that SB 1437 is constitutional and does not impose on the two propositions, in the case of the People v. Bucio.

March 8, 2020

The move to regulate ride hailing is a result of Senate Bill 1014, the 2018 law that requires California regulators to impose rules to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

March 6, 2020

One of the panels addressed the issues of incarceration, extreme sentencing and structural racism in our criminal legal system and featured among others: State Senator Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Mano Raju, the SF Public Defender, Colorado Representative Leslie Herod and Jamal Trulove, an exoneree and actor.

March 3, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner said she wants to see the board take bold action in setting standards that will help clean California’s air and combat climate change.