Press Releases

June 1, 2021

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding the Legislative Version of the 2021-22 State Budget:

May 28, 2021

The California state Senate voted unanimously, 38-0, today to approve Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 354, which would expand opportunities in the foster care system for children to be housed with relatives and non-relative extended family member caregivers, provided that the child is not endangered.

May 28, 2021

The California state Senate today gave the greenlight to Sen. Nancy Skinner’s two climate bills — SB 18 and SB 27 — which are designed to turbocharge the state’s efforts to avert the global climate crisis.

May 26, 2021

The California state Senate voted 27-9 today to approve Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 81, which would establish judicial guidance on the use of sentencing enhancements. SB 81 reflects one of the 10 recommendations made by the California Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code. The committee, of which Sen. Skinner is a member, was appointed by Gov. Newsom and the Legislature to comprehensively examine California’s Penal Code and issue recommendations for reforming it.

May 24, 2021

The California state Senate today approved Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 524, also known as “Choose Your Own Pharmacist,” on a 38-0 vote. SB 524 will help ensure that patients can use the pharmacy they prefer by prohibiting “patient steering” — a practice in which health care plans and their agents limit what pharmacy can be used, even when the patient’s preferred pharmacy is in the patient’s health plan network. 

May 24, 2021

The California state Senate today approved Sen. Nancy Skinner’s two housing bills, SB 8 and SB 290. SB 8 prevailed on a bipartisan, 30-2 vote, and SB 290 also garnered bipartisan support, passing 32-4. SB 8 and SB 290 are designed to address California’s housing shortage and spur the creation of more housing units, particularly for low-income and unsheltered Californians.