SACRAMENTO—Assembly Bill 2616 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), a measure that assists healthcare workers who contract MRSA infections and extends gender equity to the workers’ compensation system, passed out of the State Senate today. The bill provides a disputable presumption for workers’ compensation to healthcare workers who contract MRSA, an antibiotic resistant staph infection.
“Police and firefighters with MRSA are already entitled to workers’ comp, whereas nurses and other healthcare workers are not,” said Assemblymember Skinner. “Giving the same benefit to healthcare workers will ensure hospitals take measures to stop MRSA outbreaks before they start, increasing protections to both workers and patients.”
EMERYVILLE—Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Bay Area police chiefs and gun safety advocates rallied today at the Emeryville Police department in support of Assembly Bill 1014, which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at risk for committing acts of violence. The legislation, which is also authored by Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), will be heard on the Senate Floor before the end of August.
The recent shootings in Santa Barbara, after the parents of the disturbed young shooter desperately tried but failed to get help before their son’s killing spree, provides an example of how options are limited for families in crisis.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Bill 1443 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), a measure that will protect unpaid interns and volunteers from sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination, passed its final legislative hurdle today. AB 1443 is now headed to the Governor for signature.
“No one should give up their basic civil rights just because they are willing to forgo pay for experience,” Skinner said. “Interns and volunteers deserve a safe, fair workplace and the same legal protections against discrimination and harassment as everyone else.”
OAKLAND - Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner today announced that the City of Oakland will receive a state-funded grant of up to $2 million designed to reduce crime and support communities facing high rates of violence.
“This is one-of-a-kind state funding to support crime prevention and re-entry programs in a community challenged with high crime rates and high levels of incarceration among its residents,” Assemblymember Skinner said. “These funds will strengthen violence and crime reduction efforts and support community-based strategies with proven track records.”
SACRAMENTO—New smartphones sold in California would be required to have the latest in anti-theft technology under a measure that passed out of the California Assembly this morning. The legislation, by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), now heads back to the Senate for a final vote before going to the Governor.
“No one should be in fear of being mugged or robbed just because they are using their cell phones,” Skinner said. “Today’s Assembly vote in support of SB 962, the kill switch bill, is a victory for consumer safety.”
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) returned to Sacramento for the final month of the 2013-2014 legislative session today with a focus on creating gun violence restraining orders, eliminating the untested rape kit backlog, increasing worker safety, and waiving the fee for youth to seal their criminal records. More details can be found on these bills below, all of which will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee today:
AB 1014 – Gun Violence Restraining Orders
Allows for the removal of firearms from individuals who are at risk for committing acts of violence. It establishes a process for a law enforcement officer or a close family member to obtain a gun violence restraining order from a court in order to temporarily limit the individual’s access to firearms when there are warning signs that the person is at risk for violence.
SACRAMENTO—A bill authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that will help formerly incarcerated veterans gain access to the physical, mental health or substance abuse services that they are entitled to through their military service was signed into law today.
“It is common sense to help incarcerated veterans reintegrate into society without reoffending,” said Assemblymember Skinner. “Some of our veterans come back from war with serious problems and end up behind bars. We owe it to them to help get their lives back on track by making sure they get access to the services they are guaranteed by virtue of their service to our country.”
Honorees recognized at the 15th Assembly District STEM Women of the Year Ceremony
EMERYVILLE, CA. – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) announced today the recipients of the 15th Assembly District Women of the Year Awards, celebrating trailblazers who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“Today, we celebrate East Bay women pioneers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Assemblymember Skinner. “The women and organizations honored are fueling innovations, new technologies and breakthrough research to benefit people and our economy. And they lead by example, inspiring other women and girls to excel in STEM fields.”
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee has passed a bill authored by Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at risk for committing acts of violence. Assembly Bill 1014 now awaits review by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The recent shootings in Santa Barbara, after the parents of the disturbed young man desperately tried but failed to get help before their son’s killing spree, provides an example of how options are limited for families in crisis.
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), discusses the on-schedule passing of California’s fourth consecutive balanced budget.
This week’s English radio address is 1:26.