Press Releases

February 9, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced the introduction today of two criminal justice reform bills in response to a new report from the state’s 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.

January 28, 2021

California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, today applauded the Legislature’s approval of the Budget Committee bills, which extend the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act and greenlight the distribution of $2.6 billion in federal funding for rental housing assistance. This vital legislation will benefit renters and landlords impacted by the pandemic.

January 27, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced joint legislation on Wednesday designed to reform the state’s money bail system, and to address the disproportionate impacts on low-income and low-wealth residents. The new legislation, SB 262 in the Senate and AB 329 in the Assembly, would set bail at $0 for misdemeanors and low-level felonies in California.

January 8, 2021

California state Senator Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, released the following statement today regarding Gov. Newsom’s proposed 2021-22 Budget and expenditure plans for the current fiscal year:

January 7, 2021

California state Sen. Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, released the following statement today regarding the plan by leaders of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) to gather in Las Vegas on Jan. 26 and 27:

December 14, 2020

California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, released the following statement today on being appointed to be chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee:

December 9, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced new legislation today that is designed to turbocharge California’s efforts to achieve its zero-carbon emissions goals. SB 18 would create a blueprint for expanding the use of green hydrogen, a multifaceted, renewable energy source that has the potential to decarbonize not only the state’s power and energy needs, but also its industrial and transportation sectors.

December 7, 2020

State Senators Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, announced today that they will introduce legislation to bolster their groundbreaking 2019 law, SB 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act. The new bill is aimed at ensuring that college athletes’ rights are fully protected, and it would move up the implementation date of SB 206 to coincide with the NCAA’s recently proposed rule changes or no later than Jan. 1, 2022. The new legislation, to be introduced today, also includes safeguards to protect California college athletes’ newly granted ownership rights to their name, image, and likeness.

November 30, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced plans today to reintroduce her bill aimed at expanding and strengthening public access to police records.

November 14, 2020

California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, released the following statement on the NCAA’s proposed rule change to allow college athletes the right to earn compensation for their name, image, and likeness