Press Releases

August 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today the California State Legislature passed State Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 782 to make it easier to collect and share energy use data from multi-family and commercial buildings. SB 782 now goes to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

August 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today the California Legislature passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) bill to provide consumers better information about the services provided by dental insurance policies. The legislation, SB 1008, ensures that dental insurance companies are subject to similar disclosure requirements as health insurance. SB 1008 must now be signed by Governor Brown to become law.

August 30, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today, State Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1164, the “Craft Distiller Op-pour-tunity” Act, passed the State Legislature with bipartisan support. SB 1164 would modify existing regulations to give California’s small batch craft distillers more leeway to produce and sell their products.

August 30, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today, with bipartisan support, the California Legislature passed SB 1437 Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) historic fix to California’s felony murder rule. Skinner’s bill now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.

August 30, 2018

Sacramento, CA — With bipartisan support, the California Legislature passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1138, “Ensuring a Plant Based Meal Option,” which would require hospitals, healthcare facilities and prisons to offer “plant-based” meals to people in these institutions.

August 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA - Today, State Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1085, passed the State Legislature. SB 1085 ensures that officers and stewards of public employee unions are allowed take leaves of absence to perform their duties. SB 1085 now goes to Governor Brown for his signature.

August 28, 2018

Sacramento, CA - Today, the California Legislature passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) Senate Bill 1227, aimed at making it easier to build much needed student housing. Dubbed “Housing Our Students,” SB 1227 would change state housing law to enable a builder of student housing to benefit from California’s density bonus law and comply with local inclusionary housing policies. Skinner’s bill now goes to Governor Brown for his signature.

August 21, 2018

Yesterday the California Legislature passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 926, the “Workplace Protection Act,” which would protect participants in CalWORKs and CalFresh programs from losing benefits if they leave a job due to violations of their workplace rights. Skinner’s bill now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.

August 21, 2018

Sacramento, CA — At a morning press conference on the west steps of the State Capitol, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) were joined by Re:store Justice; the NAACP; and others in support of SB 1437, which would reform California’s felony murder rule. SB 1437 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week and now awaits a vote on the Assembly Floor.

May 31, 2018

Today, with bipartisan support, the California Senate passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1025, legislation that will give judges discretion to grant probation for certain nonviolent drug offenses. Skinner’s bill must now pass the Assembly and be signed by Governor Brown to become law.