Press Releases

May 3, 2022

California Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Vice Chair Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) released the following statements regarding the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court that would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision:

April 28, 2022

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate Budget & Fiscal Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) announced today the second phase of the Senate’s “Putting Wealth to Work” budget proposal, which would continue to prioritize a more equitable economy to benefit struggling and middle class families and build  historic levels of reserves.

April 8, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, announced today the staff who will take on the leadership roles for the committee: Elisa Wynne is now staff director and Scott Ogus is deputy director. Both Wynne and Ogus are longtime staff for the Budget Committee. Previously, Wynne was the committee’s deputy director.

March 29, 2022

The state Senate Judiciary Committee today is scheduled to vote on Senate Joint Resolution 12, legislation by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, that urges Congress to act to enshrine the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Now that the ERA has been ratified by the necessary three-fourths of states, SJR 12 calls on Congress to approve House Resolution 891, authored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and recognize the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

March 17, 2022

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced the introduction today of SB 1142, which is designed to expand and strengthen access to reproductive care, not only for Californians, but for those who seek services here.

March 14, 2022


After hearings conducted by both the California state Assembly and Senate budget committees, SB 118, a budget trailer bill that will safeguard student enrollment at UC Berkeley and prevent student enrollment from being treated as a separate project under CEQA, passed the Legislature unanimously today.

SB 118 remedies the court-issued cap on UC Berkeley’s enrollment for this fall, while preserving the requirement that long-range development plans of California’s public higher education campuses be fully reviewed for their environmental impacts.