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February 13, 2020

Legislation to allow college student-athletes in Nebraska to profit from their names, images and likenesses was advanced Wednesday to the floor of the Legislature.

February 13, 2020

In response to growing income inequality, some California lawmakers are looking at the possibility of tying tax rates for corporations to the gap between how much they pay their CEOs and what their average employees take home. That’s the idea behind state Senate Bill 37, legislation first introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) in December 2018.

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The Fight to Know

February 12, 2020

In the beginning of 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, passed SB1421 (by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley).

February 12, 2020

That “free” education NCAA athletes get has never really been free, and the costs are greater for some athletes than others.

February 5, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner on Monday introduced legislation designed to promote safety in California live-work and warehouse residences while protecting tenants from displacement.

Senate Bill 906, co-sponsored by the City of Oakland, would give property owners more time to correct non-life-threatening violations that could otherwise motivate them to evict tenants, and also update state live-work code that effectively outlaws many communal residences.

January 31, 2020

“The bill is following the science,” said El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart, who is also the president of Chief Probation Officers of California.

Sen. Skinner consulted with Richart’s organization when crafting the bill. Richart pointed out many of those under the age of 19 have brains that are not fully developed.

 

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January 30, 2020

The new bill would make 18 and 19 year olds juveniles under California law.

 

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January 29, 2020

The state’s oldest teenagers would still be considered juveniles under proposed legislation announced Tuesday that would raise the age to 20 for adult prosecution.

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said the measure would amend state law by designating 18- and 19-year-olds as juveniles in criminal proceedings, ensuring they get support services for youth rather than punishment for adults.

“We have 21 as the age for alcohol. We have 21 as the age for tobacco,” Skinner said. “The research definitely shows that there’s an age difference in things like impulse control.”

January 29, 2020

The latest in a slough of sweeping changes to the state’s justice system, a new California State Senate bill would prohibit prosecutors from automatically charging anyone younger than 20 years old as an adult.

The bill, SB 889, was announced Tuesday morning by the office of State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who has been on the forefront of justice reform in California. This announcement comes a year after the passage of SB 1391, which bans prosecutors from charging anyone younger than 16 as an adult.

January 29, 2020

A California lawmaker argues that 18- and 19-year-olds aren’t mature enough to do prison time if they break the law, and so she has submitted a bill that would treat them like juveniles.

Under the proposed bill, 20 would be the new age when someone would automatically face criminal charges as an adult.