Stone Introduces Legislation to Close Workplace Smoking Loopholes

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation that would protect more Californians from the harmful health effects of smoking in workplaces. AB X2-7 was introduced during the Second Extraordinary Session on Public Health and Developmental Services, which was convened under the compromises made during negotiations for the 2015-16 Budget Act.

Legislature Approves Stone Bill Protecting Jury Service Equality

SACRAMENTO –Closely following the landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the California Legislature has approved legislation that would promote and protect additional civil rights of LGBT individuals and all Californians.  Assembly Bill 87 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) takes an important step to enshrine the legal rights and responsibilities of all Californians regarding jury selection.

“The jury system provides the foundation for California’s justice system; it is designed to yield just and fair results for defendants and victims alike. This proposed law takes a modest but necessary step to ensure that defendants are allowed a trial by an impartial jury that reflects a cross section of the population in a community,” said Stone.  “Additionally, without this protection, prospective jurors could be denied the right to participate in the justice system and complete their civic duty.  I hope the Governor will sign AB 87.”

Christopher DiMaio Honored as Veteran of the Year for Assembly District 29

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has designated local veteran and community member Christopher DiMaio the 29th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.

“Christopher DiMaio has shown incredible bravery and service to his country.  I am honored to name him the 2015 Veteran of the Year,” said Stone. “He is an exemplary member of our community.  Santa Cruz is a better and more supportive place because of him.”

Stone Releases Statement on State Budget Passage

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, has released the following statement on the passage of the state budget:

“This balanced, on-time, fiscally responsible budget invests in public schools, makes college more affordable, and prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable Californians. 

Local ISP Cruzio Honored as Small Business of 2015 for Assembly District 29

Cruzio is 100 percent locally owned and staffed.

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded locally-owned and operated Internet service provider (ISP) Cruzio with the 2015 Small Business of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District.

Cruzio has a 24-year history of reliability and responsiveness to customers and serves over 9,000 businesses and homes in Santa Cruz County, making it one of the largest independent ISPs in California.  It was co-founded by Peggy Dolgenos and Chris Neklason, both of whom continue to own and operate the company today.

Assembly Approves Stone bill to Reform Placement Options for Youth in Foster Care

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

“When children go into foster care, they depend on us to make sure that they have a safe, comfortable, supportive place to stay, whether that is with a relative, a foster family, or a treatment center,” said Stone. “Current options along the continuum of care spectrum, particularly the existing model for group home placements, do not always meet these requirements.  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.”

Assembly Approves Stone Bill to Improve Care for People Struggling to Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction

SACRAMENTO –The Assembly has approved AB 848, legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would ensure the safety of people seeking alcohol and drug rehabilitation services. The measure would allow residential detoxification facilities to provide 24-hour medical services to their clients.

“A detoxification facility should be able to provide the best possible care for vulnerable people struggling to overcome addictions.  People who are working to get sober should have their needs met through the programs where they are seeking help, including medical treatment related to their addiction and recovery,” said Stone.  “I’m pleased that the Assembly has passed this necessary measure.”