Press Releases

September 1, 2020

The California Legislature on Monday approved SB 1064, a bill by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would eliminate the use of uncorroborated allegations from in-custody informants and prevent such allegations from being the basis for denying parole to an incarcerated individual.

August 31, 2020

Senate Bill 1079, which modifies the process for how foreclosed homes are sold at auction so that big corporations don’t have an advantage, has won approval from the California Legislature. 

August 30, 2020

The California Legislature has approved Sen. Skinner’s SB 972, the Corporate Disclosure Act, which, if signed into law, will for the first time require large corporations to disclose how much they pay California in state taxes and what state tax credits they receive.

August 12, 2020

SB 776, a bill by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would expand and strengthen public access to police records, has garnered support from a large coalition of 500 music artists and entertainers.

June 29, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today that she has introduced two new bills: SB 776 which will expand and strengthen her landmark police transparency law (SB 1421) passed in 2018, and SB 773 which will begin the process of reforming California’s 911 system so that calls concerning mental health, homelessness, drug overdoses, and other issues not requiring police intervention can go to an appropriate social services agency rather than law enforcement.

June 23, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today that the Senate Committee on Public Safety will hold an oversight hearing on the Covid-19 outbreak in California prisons on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The hearing will focus on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) current and future plans for handling of the outbreak, which has now spread to at least 19 state correctional facilities.

May 28, 2020

The Corporate Disclosure Act, SB 972, by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, won approval today from the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a 4-2 vote. SB 972 would, for the first time, allow public access to specific tax information on the largest corporations doing business in California.

May 26, 2020

Senate Bill 1085, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of California’s density bonus law so that more builders incorporate affordable housing units in their market-rate projects, won bipartisan approval today from the Senate Housing Committee on a 9-0 vote.

May 22, 2020

Senate Bill 1079, which would limit the ability of corporations to buy foreclosed homes, won approval today from the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-1 vote. The bill by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would also give tenants and local governments the first opportunity to buy a house in foreclosure before it’s put up for auction. And it would incentivize corporations that own blighted, vacant properties to fix them up and either rent or sell them.

May 20, 2020

The Senate Public Safety Committee today, on a bipartisan, 6-1 vote, approved SB 1064, a bill by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would eliminate the use of uncorroborated allegations from a confidential informant as evidence in a parole hearing.