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.