Press Releases

February 10, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced legislation today to make free meals available to every public school student without any burdensome application process or eligibility determination. With provisions that emphasize meals that are freshly prepared with locally grown food, SB 364, School Meals for All, will reduce hunger, improve learning, help families, and support California farmers and food producers. 

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: