Legislature Approves Stone Bills to Help Pregnant Women and Families

SACRAMENTO— The California State Legislature has approved two bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help vulnerable California parents feed their families.  The Healthy Babies Act (AB 1579) would help low-income pregnant women as they prepare for the arrival of their new babies.  The EBT Protection and Empowerment Act (AB 1614) would help families who receive public benefits avoid bank and ATM surcharges, ensuring that they can take care of basic needs.  Both measures now await the Governor’s signature.

“These measures help parents provide basic necessities for their kids,” said Stone.  “After many years of cutting safety net programs, the Legislature is finally passing legislation to help California’s most vulnerable families.  I urge the Governor to sign these critical measures to fight childhood and multigenerational poverty.”

Senate Approves Stone Bill to Support Community Integration for People Released from Prison

SACRAMENTO — The California State Senate has approved a bill by Assemblymember Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help people released from prison successfully reintegrate into their communities. AB 2308 ensures that all eligible individuals released from prison have a valid identification (ID) card that they can use to access critical services that will help reduce recidivism. The measure now goes to the Assembly for concurrence of Senate amendments.

“Providing a valid ID card is a simple step that can make all the difference in accessing healthcare, a job and a place to live,” said Stone. “I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans came together to support AB 2308.”

Senate Fiscal Committee Approves Stone Legislation to Help Vulnerable Californians

(SACRAMENTO) – The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay).  The measures passed help improve the lives of some of California’s most vulnerable residents, including foster youth, indigent pregnant women, unpaid workers, and people released from prison.  The bills now head to the Senate Floor and must be passed by August 31.

“The members of the Senate Appropriations Committee recognized that that these measures will help California families feed their children, find housing, and access healthcare,” said Stone.  “I hope that the rest of the Senate will send these bills to the Governor.”

Stone Issues Statement on 2014 Water Bond Vote

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a statement regarding his vote on AB 1471(Atkins, Rendon), the 2014 water bond proposal in the California State Assembly:

“I voted for this bond because it will ensure access to safe drinking water, clean up contaminated groundwater sources, preserve watershed habitats, and help California communities conserve water.  During this historic drought, it is appropriate and necessary for us to provide voters the opportunity to decide whether they want to commit funds to these critical infrastructure projects and environmental preservation efforts.

Governor Signs Stone Law to Improve County Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO—The Governor has signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that will help counties improve infrastructure which they are responsible for maintaining.  The measure will become law on January 1, 2015.

 “County residents who live in unincorporated areas deserve to have a say about approving ballot measures that will pay for safe roads and clean water,” said Stone. “This new law will help counties respond to the needs of county residents who don’t live in cities.”

Governor Signs Stone Bill to Improve Coastal Commission Transparency

SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed AB 474, legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would improve the transparency of meetings with California Coastal Commissioners.  The measure will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

“This new law is a modest but necessary fix to ensure that the public has access to information that explains communication between Commission members and others,” said Stone.  “I’m pleased that the Governor recognized the need to close this loophole in the law.”

Legislature Approves Stone Bill to Improve County Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has approved a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help counties improve infrastructure which they are responsible for maintaining.  If signed by the Governor, it will become law on January 1, 2015.

“County residents who live in unincorporated areas deserve to have a say about approving ballot measures that will pay for safe roads and clean water,” said Stone. “I hope the Governor will agree that this bill will help counties respond to the needs of county residents who don’t live in cities.”

Senate Committee Approves Stone Bill to Improve Community Integration for People Released from Prison

SACRAMENTO — The Senate Public Safety Committee has approved legislation by Assemblymember Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help people released from prison successfully reintegrate into their communities. AB 2308 ensures that all eligible individuals released from prison have a valid identification (ID) card that they can use to access critical services that will help reduce recidivism.

“For formerly incarcerated people, what happens during the first few weeks after being released from prison often determines whether they will be productive and independent or go back to prison.  Providing a valid ID card is a simple step that can make all the difference in accessing healthcare, a job and a place to live,” said Stone.