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May 27, 2020

Senate Bill 1085, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of California’s density bonus law so that more builders incorporate affordable housing units in their market-rate projects, won bipartisan approval Tuesday from the Senate Housing Committee on a 9-0 vote. 

May 27, 2020

SB 1085, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, modifies the state’s density bonus law to incentivize the construction of more moderately priced housing for teachers, first responders, and other Californians who can’t afford today’s sky-high prices, as well as the creation of more housing for very-low-income Californians and low-income college students.

May 22, 2020

A bill from Sen. Nancy Skinner, Democrat from Berkeley, would enhance an existing state “density bonus program” that allows developers to build taller and denser if they charge below market-rates for some of their units.


May 21, 2020

A bill that would bar the use of uncorroborated information from confidential informants at parole hearings was approved by the state Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.

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.