Skinner’s parole reform bill passes public safety committee

A bill that would bar the use of uncorroborated information from confidential informants at parole hearings was approved by the state Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1064, authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, would also prohibit prison employees from basing alleged violations by inmates based on unverified claims from confidential … Continue reading Skinner’s parole reform bill passes public safety committee

Skinner on covid-19 priorities

Low-income people will be most hurt by the economy and most hurt by the virus. We need to make them a priority.-State Sen. Nancy Skinner at a town hall this month with Assemblymember Rob Bonta.

Skinner would support a pause on new housing in fire-prone areas

During a floor debate on Senate Bill 50, East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner said she would support a housing moratorium in areas across the state at risk of wildfires. Her comments on Wedneday were in response to Democratic state Sen. Henry Stern of Calabasas, who lost his home in the 2018 Woolsey fire last … Continue reading Skinner would support a pause on new housing in fire-prone areas

Wieckowski recycling bill, opposed by wineries, fails in state senate

Bill would have removed exemptions for wine and beer bottles.

Incumbent East Bay legislator blocked from receiving Democratic Party’s backing

East Bay state Sen. Steve Glazer's re-election campaign will not be able to tout the full backing of the California Democratic Party. The incumbent Seventh District state senator failed to come close to receiving the requisite support from fellow Democrats to win the endorsement at the party's convention last weekend in Long Beach. Glazer received … Continue reading Incumbent East Bay legislator blocked from receiving Democratic Party’s backing

Skinner’s game-changing ‘Fair Pay for Fair Play’ bill heads to governor’s desk

East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's game-changing legislation that could potential move the NCAA toward paying its student athletes was approved by the state Legislature Wednesday. Senate Bill 206 heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk for consideration. “California is loud and clear: Our student athletes will no longer be denied the right to their name, … Continue reading Skinner’s game-changing ‘Fair Pay for Fair Play’ bill heads to governor’s desk

Nancy Skinner gets an assist from LeBron James

East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's "Fair Pay for Fair Play" bill could drastically change how the NCAA, the powerful governing body of college sports in the U.S., does business. Skinner's legislation to give college student athletes in California the ability to be paid when their likeness is used by for profit by their college … Continue reading Nancy Skinner gets an assist from LeBron James

Amazon’s facial recognition software IDs Steve Glazer as a criminal

East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer, with his mortician-like visage, does not exactly fit the stereotypical image of an unsavory character, although, BART union members might disagree. Glazer, who represents the 7th State Senate District, is among 26 members of the California state lawmakers who were mistakenly identified by facial-recognition software to have committed crimes … Continue reading Amazon’s facial recognition software IDs Steve Glazer as a criminal

Skinner’s ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ moves ahead despite warning from NCAA

A bill that could dramatically change the lucrative business of college athletics passed its first hurdle in the Assembly. East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's legislation to allow student-athletes the right to be compensated for the use of their name and image likeness was approved by an Assembly committee Tuesday. The bill gained passage out … Continue reading Skinner’s ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ moves ahead despite warning from NCAA

State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Legislation that would help the City of Oakland finance infrastructure and transportation projects for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal was approved Monday by the State Senate. At the time of the vote, Senate Bill 293, which was authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, was approved 34-0. The bill would allow Oakland to … Continue reading State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Steve Glazer is the most conservative Dem in the state Senate, says progressive group

By progressive standards, East Bay state Sen. Steve Glazer might want to start looking for a new school of thought. Glazer received a "F" from the California Courage Campaign, an activist group that seeks to highlight the voting records of legislators who side with corporate lobbyist's interest over the poor and disadvantaged. The annual rankings … Continue reading Steve Glazer is the most conservative Dem in the state Senate, says progressive group

Former Wieckowski aide settles complaint for $350,000

The State Senate settled a lawsuit filed last year by a former legislative aide for East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski for $350,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit alleged the unnamed employee was fired in September 2017 after reporting being raped by an assembly employee. The payout by the Legislature is one … Continue reading Former Wieckowski aide settles complaint for $350,000

Skinner bill shining light on bad cops passes State Senate

Nancy Skinner's police transparency bill passed the State Senate Wednesday by a 25-11 vote.

Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

State Sen. Steve Glazer said SB 1149 is notintended to fix the pension crisis, but notmake it any worse.7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTA bill that gives new state workers a choice between the standard defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution 401k plan failed in a State Senate committee this week.The legislation, authored by East … Continue reading Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed

Just a portion of the AD15 field during aforum in Oakland last January.ELECTION 2018Voters in the contentious 15th Assembly District will have to choose from a list of 11 Democrats and a lone Republican this June. The wide-open race in the top-two primary is destined to be another tight Dem-on-Dem affair, just as it was … Continue reading East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed