Assembly Approves Stone Legislation

SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly has approved several bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would stimulate regional economies, improve the lives of impoverished and vulnerable Californians, address threats to the environment, promote transparency for consumers, and improve public safety.  The following bills will be sent to the Senate for consideration in policy committees:

AB 2002 (Stone/Atkins/Levine) Coastal Commission Transparency: As evidenced by the decision to remove Dr. Charles Lester as the Executive Director, the actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians.  It is without question that decisions of such gravity should be held to the highest standards of public disclosure. However, current law lacks the transparency that Californians clearly expect and deserve regarding who is working to influence decisions that commissioners make.  This measure requires that people lobbying Coastal Commissioners become registered as lobbyists and become subject to public disclosure laws, and it helps ensure that future commissioner decisions have higher standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.

Assembly Approves Stone Bill Improving Transparency in Coastal Commission Proceedings

SACRAMENTO—The California Assembly has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to require that people who lobby the Coastal Commission register as lobbyists subject to public disclosure laws.

“This bill makes a necessary change to the law to ensure that decisions made by Commissioners have appropriate standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.  The actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians, so Californians should be able to find out who is working to influence decisions that Commissioners make,” said Stone. 

Assembly Approves Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights

SACRAMENTO –The California State Assembly has passed legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to create a Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights.  AB 2251 would help ensure that student borrowers have reliable information, receive quality customer service, and have meaningful access to repayment and loan forgiveness programs.

“With so many Californians struggling to repay loans or even defaulting on them, it is critical that loan servicers communicate loan terms effectively with their customers,” said Stone.  “By requiring accountability and oversight of the loan servicer industry, California will create critically needed protections to student loan borrowers.  I’m pleased that the Assembly has approved this measure.”

Assembly Fiscal Committee Approves Stone Legislation

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Appropriations Committee has approved several bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would stimulate regional economies, improve the lives of impoverished and vulnerable Californians, address threats to the environment, promote transparency for consumers, and improve public safety.  The following bills will be sent to the Assembly Floor for consideration by the full Assembly:

AB 2002 (Stone/Atkins/Levine) Coastal Commission Transparency: As evidenced by the decision to remove Dr. Charles Lester as the Executive Director, the actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians.  It is without question that decisions of such gravity should be held to the highest standards of public disclosure. However, current law lacks the transparency that Californians clearly expect and deserve regarding who is working to influence decisions that commissioners make.  This measure requires that people lobbying Coastal Commissioners become registered as lobbyists and become subject to public disclosure laws, and it helps ensure that future commissioner decisions have higher standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.

Stone Issues Statement on Audit of State Bar

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a statement regarding the audit released today by the California State Auditor regarding the State Bar of California:

"The primary duty of the State Bar is to protect the public from dishonest attorneys, and our job as legislators is to ensure that the Bar is adequately performing that job.  Unfortunately, the audit found that the Bar fails to properly inform the Legislature about its activities in a manner that is transparent and fully accurate.   As a result, it is extremely difficult for the Legislature to perform its critical oversight functions.  Moreover, the public has suffered very real harm as a result of the Bar's unreasonable delays in reimbursing losses due to attorney misconduct.  This apparently has been a problem for years, yet the Bar did not fully inform the Legislature of the magnitude of the problem -- $16.7 million shortfall at the end of 2015 --  leaving thousands of Californians to wait years for any hope of reimbursement.

Governor Signs Stone Anti-Tobacco Work Safety Bill

New Law is Part of Comprehensive Anti-Tobacco Reforms

SACRAMENTO—The Governor has signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect California’s workers and business patrons from the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke. Assembly Bill x2-7 ends several long-standing exemptions to workplace smoking laws and will better protect Californians from the health effects of secondhand smoke.

“When California banned smoking in the workplace in 1994, it led the nation in protecting its citizens from the dangers of secondhand smoke.  At the time, several exceptions were allowed, and now many other states have more effective laws than we do to reduce workers’ and customers’ smoke exposure in the workplace,” said Stone. “This new law finally ensures that California provides the same protections as other states on this important health policy.”

Committee Approves Stone Bill Improving Transparency in Coastal Commission Proceedings

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to require that people who lobby the Coastal Commission register as lobbyists subject to public disclosure laws. 

“This bill makes a necessary change to the law to ensure that decisions made by Commissioners have appropriate standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.  The actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians, so Californians should be able to find out who is working to influence decisions that Commissioners make,” said Stone.