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.”