Press Releases

February 2, 2023

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today introduced SB 287, which is designed to hold social media platforms accountable for promoting the illegal sale of fentanyl to California youth and for the sale of unlawful firearms, including ghost guns. The protections in SB 287 would also hold these platforms accountable for targeting other harmful content toward youth that could result in suicide, eating disorders, dangerous dieting practices, or inflicting harm on themselves or others.

February 1, 2023

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today introduced SB 274, which is designed to keep students in school by eliminating the suspension of students for low-level behavior issues known as “willful defiance” in California’s public schools grades TK through 12.

January 30, 2023

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today introduced new legislation that would reopen access to California prisons to the news media. SB 254 would also open access to prisons for state legislators and other state officials in order to provide policymakers with the information they need for effective oversight.

January 26, 2023

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today that she has introduced a new bill strengthening the HOPE Accounts law she authored last year. That law made California the first in the nation to create savings accounts for children who lost a parent or guardian to COVID and for youth who are in long-term foster care. The California State Budget Act of 2022-23 included $100 million to fund the HOPE Accounts program.

January 26, 2023

State Senators Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, and Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today announced new legislation, SB 8, that would require California gun owners to obtain liability insurance for the negligent or accidental use of their firearms. If enacted, the bill would make California the first state in the nation to adopt such legislation.

The new legislation follows the recent mass shootings in Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay, Goshen, Oakland, and other California communities.

January 10, 2023

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) released the following statements on the 2023-24 state budget proposal released by Governor Gavin Newsom today:


Pro Tem Atkins: