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Skinner Touts Bay Area Bills

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In a legislative update sent to the media today, aides for 15th district Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) touted a number of bills being championed by the lawmaker that are of interest to Bay area residents.

Bill AB 1517 aims to clear a backlog of some 1,900 untested rape kits in Alameda County alone, and AB 1554 increases oversight of residential care facilities for the elderly, a bill prompted an incident at the Valley Springs Manor facility in Castro Valley, where residents were abandoned by the owner.

These two bills, plus bill AB 1634, aimed at improving worker safety - prompted by the death of two BART workers last year - cleared the Assembly floor yesterday and are headed for the Senate.

The update, apparently intended to bolster Skinner's legislative record as she terms out of office this year after six years, lists nine of her bills in total as making headway in the Capitol.

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