Press Releases

April 23, 2019

The state Senate Public Safety Committee, chaired by Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today approved substantial amendments to SB 230, by Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, limiting the legislation to address law enforcement training on police use of force and making the bill’s passage dependent on the passage of AB 392, by Assemblymember Shirley Weber, San Diego.  

With the committee’s amendments, SB 230 no longer contains language that could conflict with AB 392, which seeks to revise California’s existing police use-of-force standard. Additionally, SB 230’s training components cannot become law unless AB 392 also becomes law.

April 8, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, along with Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, and Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, announced today Senate Bill 37, “Corporate Fair Share for California & Californians,” which will increase the tax rate on large corporations to provide billions of dollars in new revenue for childcare, schools, and higher ed.

SB 37 will provide California with a sustainable revenue source by increasing taxes on large corporations that recently received a massive federal tax cut. SB 37 would allow the state to capture a share of that windfall by raising corporate income taxes on the top 0.2% of companies that do business in California. SB 37 is also designed to reduce California’s income inequality by closing the gap between what corporations pay their CEOs and their average employees.

“Corporate profits are at an all time high, yet the portion of tax revenue California receives from corporations is at close to its lowest point in 40 years,” Skinner said. “SB 37 just asks corporations to pay their share, so we can cut income inequality and help fund our kids, our teachers, and our schools.”

April 2, 2019

Senate Bill 310, “The Right to be on a Jury,” by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, won approval today in the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-1 vote. SB 310 would allow Californians who have prior felony convictions to serve on juries. The legislation is designed to expand California’s jury pool so that defendants, particularly those of color, have a better chance of having their criminal cases decided by a jury of their peers.

“SB 310 will help ensure that California juries represent a fair cross-section of our communities,” Skinner said. “People with felony records have the right to vote in California. There is no legitimate reason why they should be barred from serving on a jury.

March 13, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, issued the following statement in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to suspend capital punishment in California:

“I strongly support Gov. Newsom’s action to suspend California’s death penalty, and I deeply respect his moral courage.

March 11, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today announced Senate Bill 44, also known as “Ditching Dirty Diesel.” The legislation is designed to phase out, over time, the use of polluting, diesel-fueled medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses in California and to speed up the transition to cleaner vehicle technologies and fuels, including zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

“Tailpipe pollution not only damages our health, it’s a major source of greenhouse gas emissions,” Skinner said. “And the exhaust from diesel trucks in particular presents a pressing health crisis for families and children living near ports and trucking routes, such as West Oakland and Richmond.”

March 4, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today honored Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton as the 2019 Woman of Year for the 9th Senate District. Becton is the first woman and the first African American to serve as Contra Costa County district attorney since the office was established in 1850. Over her distinguished career as a judge, lawyer, and manager, she has been committed to safeguarding communities from crime and working on positive outcomes for seniors and youth.

February 27, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today unveiled Senate Bill 419, which seeks to keep kids in school by eliminating the suspension of students for low-level offenses known as “willful defiance.” Such suspensions have disproportionately impacted students of color, LGBTIQ students, and those with disabilities in California.

February 21, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today announced the “Child Support Reform Act,” which seeks to ensure that low-income families receive all the child support payments to which they are entitled. The act, Senate Bill 337, would overturn a decades-old law under which child-support payments meant for families who receive CalWORKs benefits go to the state rather than to the families and children who need it most.

February 21, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today unveiled the “Housing Crisis Act of 2019,” a sweeping new initiative that will speed up the creation of new housing in California at a time when the state is facing an extreme housing crisis in both supply and affordability. The act would suspend, for a 10-year period, specific local rules and regulations that are recognized as obstacles to housing production, and it would establish reasonable time periods for processing housing permits. The legislation, also known as Senate Bill 330, includes anti-displacement provisions to help keep tenants and low-income families in their homes.

February 14, 2019

Senator Nancy Skinner announces SB 234 the “Keeping Kids Close to Home Act” State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today unveiled the “Keeping Kids Close to Home Act,” which seeks to expand childcare opportunities for California families and reduce costs and red tape for home childcare providers statewide. The legislation, Senate Bill 234, would allow large family childcare homes that provide care for up to 14 children to avoid costly and burdensome zoning and permitting requirements in order to help serve more kids and families.