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.”

Stone Introduces Bill to Reduce Poverty amongst Working Families

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation to restore and expand successful CalWORKs programs whose recipients experienced devastating cuts during the Great Recession.

“In spite of a strong economy today, an overwhelming number of California families continue to face tremendous obstacles to exiting poverty and establishing better futures for themselves,” said Stone.  “This bill provides more support for impoverished families whose adults are transitioning into full employment.”

Stone Introduces Bill to Expand Educational Opportunities to People in Prison

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1597 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.

“This bill allows more prisoners to participate in programs that teach critical community re-entry skills.  Further, it gives jails an additional tool to provide rehabilitative services, which can help reduce overcrowding,” said Stone.

Stone Issues Statement on Proposed Budget

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a statement regarding Governor Brown’s proposed 2016-17 state budget:

“With this proposed budget, Governor Brown has highlighted the necessity to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.  As the author of 2015 legislation that comprehensively reforms the foster care placement system (AB 403), I applaud the inclusion of new funds for foster family recruitment and targeted training, expanded services to youth, and additional oversight of facilities and individuals serving youth.  I am excited to work with my colleagues in the legislature to ensure that the new reforms best protect and help youth in foster care.

Stone Laws to Take Effect January 1

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) wrote several new laws that will take effect on January 1, 2016.

ADDRESSING FOSTER YOUTH CONCERNS

Assembly Bill 403, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care. It comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options. The reforms in this new law will provide youth with the support they need to return to their families or to find a permanent home if returning to their families is not an option. AB 403 addresses these issues by ensuring that families who provide foster care receive targeted training and support so that they are better prepared to support youth living with them. Children who enter foster care need safe, comfortable, supportive places to stay, whether with a relative, a foster family, or a treatment center, and AB 403 helps accomplish that goal.

Governor Signs Stone Bill to Reform Placement Options for Youth in Foster Care

SACRAMENTO - The Governor has signed legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. Assembly Bill 403, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.

Senate Approves Stone Bill to Reform Placement Options for Youth in Foster Care

SACRAMENTO – The Senate has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care.  Assembly Bill 403, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care. 

“Children who enter foster care need safe, comfortable, supportive places to stay, whether that is with a relative, a foster family, or a treatment center,” said Stone. “Current options for placement, particularly the existing model for group homes, do not always meet these needs.  The reforms in this bill will provide youth with the support they need in foster care to return to their families or to find a permanent home if returning to their families is not an option.”