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February 26, 2020

In an interview, State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who chairs the State Senate’s Public Safety Committee, said she is closely watching the court’s study and added, “I look forward to seeing what they’re going to recommend.”

February 26, 2020

Legislation giving college athletes in Nebraska the chance to endorse brands or products, promote sponsored content on social media or get paid for private lessons or to host camps advanced from first-round debate Tuesday.

February 25, 2020

Senator Nancy Skinner has authored some of the most important criminal justice legislation in the state.

February 21, 2020

Corporations that own California properties could soon be fined for keeping homes vacant for more than three months under a proposed law to give tenants, nonprofits and cities more say over what happens to empty buildings.

February 21, 2020

The state Supreme Court decided not to review a San Diego appeals court ruling that upheld changes to the state felony-murder law, a decision that opens the door for thousands of inmates to seek lower sentences or, in some cases, freedom from prison.

February 21, 2020

On Feb. 19, 2020, the California Supreme Court denied the depublication and review requests for the Fourth District Appellate court decisions on two cases opinions that ruled Senate Bill 1437 constitutional.

February 20, 2020

State legislation introduced Wednesday aims to reduce the number of empty homes in California and give tenants the right of first refusal to buy foreclosed properties. The bill was inspired by the plight of a group of homeless mothers who recently took up residence in a vacant West Oakland home to call attention to California’s housing crisis.

February 20, 2020

Just weeks after a group of homeless moms moved into an empty house in West Oakland and ultimately won the right to purchase the property through a nonprofit, an East Bay lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill to limit the number of vacant homes in California and give tenants and cities the opportunity to buy them.

February 20, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow local jurisdictions to use vacant single-family homes as affordable housing and give them the authority to fine corporations that keep homes vacant for long stretches of time.

February 13, 2020

For years, Mark Emmert has been a target for criticism from a wide swath of groups. Fans, media, players and even some school administrators have lambasted the NCAA president for the financial inequality that exists in college sports.