In the News

January 26, 2022

California could soon pay the fare for students to ride buses to and from K-12 schools, bringing relief to potentially millions of kids who since last fall are back to attending their neighborhood schools in-person but don’t have a reliable way to get there.

SB 878 would ensure nearly all public school children in grades TK-12 — including students who are homeless or have special needs — have access to free transportation to and from their neighborhood school each day.

January 26, 2022

One of the first legislative efforts to crack down on retail theft rings, SB 301 authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, passed in the Senate by a 34-0 vote.  The bill would help fight organized retail theft by limiting the sale of stolen goods on online.

January 26, 2022

Today we welcome California State Senator Nancy Skinner of the 9th California Senate District, which covers the eastern San Francisco Bay.

December 31, 2021

California children who have lost a parent to COVID-19 could receive up to $5,000 in state-issued trust funds under a bill to be introduced in the Legislature next week, a proposal that suggests the state subsidy might later be expanded to a “baby bonds” program for children living in poverty.

The legislation authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) would give up to $3,000 to designated low-income children under 9 years old and up to $5,000 for children between the ages of 10 and 17 if a parent or guardian has died from COVID-19.

 

December 31, 2021

“Public safety has to be paramount, but responding just to sensational crimes ... does not necessarily reduce crime,” said state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), a member of the penal code revision committee.

Instead, Skinner said, California should bolster diversion tactics like mental health and rehabilitation programs that aim to cut crime rates without incarceration. Skinner wrote a law from the committee’s 2020 recommendation report to restrict sentence enhancements that she said overwhelmingly affect people of color.

 

December 28, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) on Monday announced her plan to introduce legislation next month that would create "Hope Savings Accounts" for California children whose mother, father or primary caregiver died of coronavirus. 

Up to $3,000 would be deposited for children up to age 9 and up to $5,000 for youth ages 10 to 17 in special savings accounts. Additionally, the bill would ensure that those children who are not eligible for federal survivor benefits would still receive survivor support from a new state program titled the CalHope Program.