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. 

Assembly Approves Stone Legislation to Expand Educational Opportunities to People in Prison

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to expand education opportunities to prisoners who are awaiting trial in jails. The measure builds upon Stone’s previous work to address jail overcrowding and reduce recidivism.

“We need to address prison overcrowding and recidivism with every tool at our disposal.  This proposed law will allow more prisoners to participate in programs that teach critical community re-entry skills and will give county sheriffs an additional tool to provide rehabilitative services in jails,” said Stone.  “I’m pleased that the Assembly has approved this simple but helpful measure.”

Assembly Committee Approves Stone Legislation to Protect and Assist Victims of Abuse

SACRAMENTO –The Assembly Judiciary Committee has approved with bipartisan support proposed laws by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would bring justice to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.  

“We must do more to protect human trafficking victims, sexually abused minors, and children who have been forced into sex work.  These vulnerable Californians deserve a chance to rebuild lives that are free from abuse,” said Stone.  “This package of legislation helps ensure that the justice system does not punish abused people for the crimes of their abusers.”

Community Leader Ann Todd Jealous Honored as 29th Assembly District Woman of the Year for 2016

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded Pacific Grove resident and community leader Mrs. Ann Todd Jealous with the 2016 Woman of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District.

Jealous is a longtime civil rights activist, teacher, therapist, and author. She dedicates her time to conflict resolution and diversity training at the National Coalition Building Institute and The Village Project, Inc., a non-profit Afro-centric counseling center based in Seaside.

Stone Anti-Tobacco Work Safety Bill Passes Legislature

Legislation Part of Comprehensive Anti-Tobacco Reforms

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has passed 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.

Stone Introduces Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced the Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights to protect borrowers from unfair or confusing loan practices that can create crushing, insurmountable debt for students and create a drag on the economy.  Assembly Bill 2251, sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, requires loan servicers to provide reliable information about loan repayment options, quality customer service and fair treatment, and meaningful access to federal affordable repayment and loan forgiveness benefits.

“Students pursue higher education to develop skills that help them go into careers and achieve financial independence.  But to finance that education many students must take out loans, which do not always have clear terms, consumer-friendly service, or access to federal repayment and forgiveness options,” said Stone. “The Student Borrowers’ Bill of Rights will create a consumer-friendly standard that provides new protections for student loan borrowers.”

Assemblymember Stone and Speaker Atkins Introduce Coastal Commission Transparency Legislation

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone joined Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Assemblymember Marc Levine and others today to introduce AB 2002, legislation to ensure that people lobbying Coastal Commissioners become registered as lobbyists and become subject to public disclosure laws. Specifically, the measure requires any person who communicates with Coastal Commission members regarding an administrative action of the commission, and who qualifies as a lobbyist, to comply with provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974.

“As we have seen over the past several weeks, the actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians. It is without question that decisions with such gravity should be held to the highest standards of public disclosure. However, current law lacks the transparency that Californians clearly expect and deserve about who is working to influence decisions that commissioners make,” said Assemblymember Stone (D-Monterey Bay), joint author of AB 2002. “I am pleased to join Speaker Atkins and my colleagues to make the necessary changes to the law to ensure that future commissioner decisions have higher standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.”