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January 17, 2020

A California Senate bill that would force large corporations to pay higher taxes has the support of an heiress to one of the state’s most famous companies.

When Abigail Disney testified Wednesday in favor of Senate Bill 37 to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, she said she wasn’t speaking in any kind of official capacity, but she acknowledged that her last name carries weight.

 

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January 17, 2020

Abigail Disney testified in support of a California state senate bill to tax large CEO-worker pay gaps before the committee voted to advance the proposal.

 

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January 17, 2020

The Justice Department raised its eyebrows at what it perceived as the NCAA’s threat against the state. “We took great interest when they said they would boycott California schools.”

 

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January 17, 2020

More than two dozen states are expected to debate issues like whether college athletes can cut endorsement deals or hire agents. The N.C.A.A. says a patchwork of rules could jeopardize competition.

 

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January 16, 2020

California is considering raising taxes on some of the country's largest companies, but the size of the tax increase would depend on how much its highest-paid executive makes compared to its employees.

The bigger the gap, the bigger the tax increase.

The bill by Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner passed out of its first committee hearing on Wednesday, keeping it alive a head of a Jan. 31 deadline to pass the Senate.

 

January 16, 2020

After California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act last fall, several other states have introduced their own bills that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, likeness and image.

 

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January 15, 2020

The law, authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, allows diversion for primary caregivers of minor children under certain circumstances, much like the mental health and drug diversion programs already in place in San Francisco.

 

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January 15, 2020

Becerra said the law, the Housing Accountability Act, is an important tool to ensure new housing is constructed throughout the state as California grapples with a multimillion-unit shortage. State officials estimate that more than double the current rate of production is needed to keep up with demand.

 

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January 14, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, initially proposed the increase in SB337, but Newsom vetoed the bill in October, saying it would cost millions annually and should instead be considered as part of the budget process.

“I applaud Gov. Newsom’s decision to implement my legislation from last year through his budget proposal in order to help low-income parents and caregivers,” Skinner said in a statement.

 

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January 11, 2020

In a brief Dec. 11 letter, state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Oakland, said that Senate Bill 330 and Senate Bill 167 “may impact a project that is currently before you: the Terraces of Lafayette project.”

Skinner said the Legislature “is keenly focused on accelerating the creation of new housing at a time when the state is facing an extreme crisis in both supply and affordability.” She said California now ranks 49th in the nation when it comes to housing units per capita.