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March 5, 2019

Among the boldest measures is SB330 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which would declare that California is experiencing a “housing supply crisis.” It would prohibit cities with high rents and low vacancy rates from changing zoning laws to reduce the size of potential housing projects, imposing new parking requirements or costly design standards, or capping the number of housing units that could be built for the next decade. It would also force local governments to approve or reject a project within one year after it’s proposed.

March 1, 2019

The benefit of the report is giving lawmakers insight into what is working and what is not, said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who chairs the Public Safety Committee and budget subcommittee on public safety.

"We have local law enforcement up and down the state, and we only have a limited number of people in the DOJ,” she said. “How can we utilize, strengthen that partnership between our DOJ and local law enforcement and the communication between them?”

Skinner said she is also invested in oversight of the department, and that today’s report will not be the last.

February 28, 2019

As state Sen. Nancy Skinner put it when she introduced SB 1421 in April 2018, California’s existing confidentiality rules about police conduct are among the most secretive in the country. Sponsored by the California News Publishers Association, the ACLU of California, Black Lives Matter and Youth Justice Coalition, among others, Skinner crafted the bill to make records related to officer use of force, on-the-job sexual assault or instances of dishonesty in the course of doing the job available to hiring agencies or members of the public.

February 27, 2019

Hoping for a friendlier response from Gov. Gavin Newsom than she got from Jerry Brown, state Sen. Nancy Skinner is again proposing legislation that would ban out-of-school suspensions in all grades for student behavior deemed “defiant and disruptive” by school authorities.

If Skinner’s bill, SB 419, passes the Legislature, it will mark the third time this decade that a ban on these suspensions — which data show are disproportionately meted out to students of color, LGBT students and those with disabilities — has reached the governor’s desk. ... 

February 20, 2019

Citing the increasing cost of housing across California, a Bay Area lawmaker wants to sweep away a host of local restrictions on development in an effort to spur new homebuilding.

Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced new legislation that would block high-cost regions from imposing new prohibitions on housing construction or decreasing the number of homes allowed on certain pieces of land. It would also prohibit local governments in those areas from enforcing requirements that developers install parking spots alongside buildings among a number of other proposals.

February 4, 2019

Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley resident and member of the California State Senate, has taken on the police union and fought for prison sentencing reform. She fought to require companies like Amazon to pay sales taxes in California, something internet retailers previously avoided. 

Now, she has set her sights on the NCAA.

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