Press Releases

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.

April 29, 2020

Senators Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, co-authors of SB 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act, made the following statements today regarding the NCAA’s decision to move forward on allowing college athletes to earn money from their name, image, and likeness:

March 16, 2020

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) issued the following joint statement on the six-county Bay Area Stay-at-Home order:

February 25, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today Senate Bill 1323, “Keeping Carbon in the Ground,” which directs state agencies to develop carbon sequestration goals aimed at increasing the carbon storage capacity of California’s soils, forests, wetlands, and other habitats.

February 24, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today Senate Bill 1122 to spur the use of “green hydrogen,” a clean, renewable energy source that can help California meet its clean energy and climate protection goals. Unlike most other renewable energy sources, green electrolytic hydrogen can be used in multiple ways: to fuel cars, big rig trucks, and jet airplanes, produce energy storage, and power industry and the electrical grid.

February 19, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, issued the following statement today on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2020 State of the State Address:

February 19, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced today Senate Bill 1079 to reduce the number of vacant homes in California and give tenants the right of first refusal to buy foreclosed properties. SB 1079 would also allow cities and counties to fine corporations that own multiple single-family homes for keeping housing vacant for more than 90 days and give local governments first rights on such vacant properties to use them for affordable housing.

February 4, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today Senate Bill 906, which is designed to protect existing live-work and warehouse spaces used for housing to ensure safety improvements are made without residents being displaced. SB 906 would allow cities to work cooperatively with property owners to make live-work and warehouse spaces and other types of housing safer. The legislation would also reform California live-work laws that effectively make some communal live-work and warehouse spaces, including arts and maker communities, illegal.


January 28, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today Senate Bill 889, which would raise the age at which young people in California are automatically tried as adults to 20 years old. Under the bill, 18- and 19-year-olds would be treated as juveniles in criminal proceedings.

“When teenagers make serious mistakes and commit crimes, state prison is not the answer. Processing teenagers through the juvenile justice system will help ensure they receive the appropriate education, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation services necessary to achieve real public safety outcomes,” Sen. Skinner said.