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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner’s legislation to reform the state’s faulty system used to investigate complaints of neglect and abuse within California’s 7,500 senior care homes was approved today by the Assembly Human Services Committee on a unanimous, bipartisan vote.
Responding to the scandal at Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley, where 19 elderly residents were abandoned by the home care owner, and reports citing failures in oversight and enforcement regarding California’s residential care facilities for the elderly, Skinner introduced AB 1554 to strengthen the investigations and complaint process. The bill is part of a package of reforms sponsored by the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) discusses Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Assembly Bill 1517, her measure to clear the backlog of rape kits at law enforcement agencies.
This week's English radio address is 1:29.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) today praised Alameda County schools for being one of the first districts in the state approved to receive funding for energy-efficiency upgrades under Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act. Skinner helped shape the implementation of the landmark energy legislation through policy and budget negotiations.
The California Energy Commission announced today that schools in Alameda County were among the first to have projects approved for funding from the Department of Education. The Alameda County Office of Education received approval for a request of $28,140 to fund interior and exterior lighting retrofits.
SACRAMENTO – The State Assembly's Public Safety Committee today approved a legislative plan by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner to specify timeframes for the testing of rape kits and for entering the information into a national DNA database.
"Rape kits contain the essential evidence from a rape or sexual assault. Leaving these kits on the evidence shelf has to stop," Assemblymember Skinner of Berkeley said after AB 1517 received enough votes for passage by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. "Sending rape kits to the lab quickly tells the survivor we care, helps law enforcement solve this and other crimes and makes all of us safer."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) applauded today’s announcement by the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which identified three draft “priority products” among consumer goods containing potentially hazardous toxic chemicals.
Skinner released the following statement:
“I’m happy the state is working with manufacturers to make products safer. Limiting our exposure to harmful and unnecessary chemicals helps everyone – our children and the environment.”
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) honored Lois De Domenico today as the "Woman of the Year" for Assembly District 15 for her work on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Alameda County where she chaired the capital campaign for Girls Inc.'s new facilities in downtown Oakland. During the 10 years of De Domenico's Board service, the number of girls provided tutoring, mentoring, and health services doubled.
In observance of Women's History month, De Domenico, of Piedmont, was recognized at a celebration today at the Capitol.
SACRAMENTO – Today, East Bay Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Susan Bonilla adjourned floor session in memory of veteran Berkeley Firefighter Anthony “Tony” Nunes, who died on Feb. 23 in an off-duty accident.
Nunes, 54, was driving his family truck at his Martinez home near Briones Regional Park when the vehicle overturned and slid down an embankment into a canyon. He died at the scene of the accident.
Skinner (D-Berkeley) expressed her condolences and recounted the qualities that made Nunes an outstanding public servant:
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who introduced legislation to address the backlog of untested rape kits in California, released a statement today on President Obama’s plan to process more rape kits and improve sexual assault investigations in his FY 2015 budget.
“It is great news that during Women’s History Month, President Obama announced funding for the testing of backlogged sexual assault kits sitting in police storage lockers and crime labs in California and across the nation. I urge Congress to take swift action and support the President’s proposal. By testing these rape kits, we can deliver justice to survivors of sexual assault – they deserve no less.”
Legislation removes restrictions on the use of diacritical marks on birth certificates.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) announced legislation, AB 2528, today to update California’s rules so that diacritical marks can be used on birth certificates, thus ensuring that a person’s name is accurately reflected on this first of their legal documents. Current regulations prevent the use of diacriticals on names such as Zoë, Tomás or even Pérez, as in Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s name. A diacritical mark is a symbol added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation.
“It makes no sense that if your name is O’Neal it can be spelled correctly on legal documents, but names like Nuñez cannot,” Skinner said. “Given California’s multi-cultural population and the widespread use of pronunciation marks in heritages as diverse as Irish, Turkish, French, German, and Hispanic these restrictions are unfair and out of step.”
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) joined a majority of her fellow Assemblymembers in support of critical drought relief legislation that will provide aid in the immediate and long term future for the entire state. The Assembly passed the bill 65-0.
Assemblymember Skinner, who carried the legislation as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said, “We have communities without water. Ten rural communities could run out of water supplies in the next 60 to 120 days. The drought is impacting each and every Californian. The package today is the first step. It is not the only, and it is not the last, but it is the first step to deal with an urgent crisis.”