Press Releases

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.

May 24, 2021

The California state Senate today approved Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 65, the California Momnibus Act, on a 31-7 vote. SB 65 is aimed at reducing California’s maternal death rates and infant mortality, which are disproportionately high for families of color. It will also improve research and data collection on racial and socio-economic factors that contribute to higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. 

May 20, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced on Thursday that due to the inclusion of federal and state funding that will help realize ‘Free School Meals for All” in both the Governor’s May Revise and the state Senate’s Build Back Boldly Budget plan, SB 364 will now be a two-year bill.

May 14, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, issued the following statement on Gov. Newsom’s May Revise Budget proposal, “California Roars Back”:

April 14, 2021

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), along with Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senate Budget Subcommittee Chairs Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas), María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), announced today the Senate’s budget proposal to build a post-pandemic economy that extends prosperity for Californians and invests resources to address the state’s most pressing needs in innovative and equitable ways.