Stone Appointed to Public Safety Committee

(SACRAMENTO) - Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has been appointed to the Assembly Public Safety Committee by Speaker John A. Perez.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve on this key committee,” said Stone. “I now will sit on both the policy and budget committees in the Assembly that oversee the public safety functions of the State. I am uniquely positioned to be a strong voice in all aspects of the prison reform debate, implementation of prison realignment and adequate funding of our courts.”

Stone, Eggman Propose Law to Promote Safe Sharps Disposal

SACRAMENTO--Assemblymembers Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) have introduced legislation that would help ensure that consumers who use sharps at home -- including diabetics, cancer patients, and hormone therapy patients -- dispose of their used needles safely and legally. 

When loose sharps get into the general waste stream, they expose the public and workers who sort the trash to bloodborne diseases.  Illegally disposed sharps also cost local governments taxpayer dollars when workers get injured, or when entire trash sorting operations need to be shut down to retrieve the needles.

Stone Calls on Federal Government to Answer Questions about Expanded Gillnet Use Proposal

SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) today urged the federal government fishery agencies to halt the expansion of Pacific Ocean fisheries where gillnets, a type of fishing with potential for significant bycatch can be used. The members also called on the federal government to investigate the sale of swordfish in California that were caught with fishing gear that is illegal in state waters.  Stone was joined by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and thirteen other Assemblymembers from across the state.

In the letter, the members delineate concerns with allowing gillnet fishing in the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area and the continued bycatch of more than 100 marine mammals in the fishery every year. They also express concerns that swordfish caught with pelagic longline gear, a type of fishing gear that is illegal in California waters, is being landed in this state by out-of-state vessels from Hawaii.  The members requested that the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service respond to questions about these proposals and practices.

Stone Introduces Bill Package to Help Needy Families

SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced a package of legislation that would help families in crisis, while streamlining and making more cost-effective some cash aid services.

“This package of bills will help needy parents take care of their children’s basic needs, while relieving some of the bureaucratic burden they face,” said Stone.  “These bills help ensure that the programs that families rely upon are cost-effective and user-friendly.”

Stone Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency at PUC

SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation that would improve public access to information provided by public utilities that is used to set rates. Assembly Bill 1601 would help ensure that California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) decisions are more transparent.

“The public has the right to information that affects what they are asked to pay for utilities. They have a right to know how rates are set,” said Stone. “People may also want to know how the Commission ensures that public utility service is safe.”

Stone Legislation Promotes Environmental Science Education for Underserved Communities

SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation that would provide education about the environment and outdoor recreation for California children, prioritizing opportunities for underserved and at-risk students.

“In many underserved communities, participation in outdoor environmental education and recreation programs are the only exposure kids have to nature and the environment,” said Stone. “Outdoor environmental education provides students with memorable real-world experiences with the environment, which increases interest in science and environmental stewardship.”

Santa Cruz County Supports Stone Legislation to Ban Cigarette Butts

SANTA CRUZ–The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution supporting Assemblymember Mark Stone’s (D-Monterey Bay) proposed law to prohibit filters in cigarettes. The resolution was brought by Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold.

“Discarded cigarette filters are a major problem in coastal communities throughout the state, and Santa Cruz County is no exception.  These toxic cigarette butts leach dangerous chemicals into the environment, kill animals that eat them, and cause communities to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for clean-up,” said Stone. “I’m pleased that Santa Cruz County recognizes this problem.”

Stone Introduces Bill to Ban Cigarette Butts

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1504, legislation that would protect wildlife and preserve California’s coast and waterways by banning cigarette filters.  Filters, commonly known as cigarette butts, are a costly and prevalent source of litter in California communities and recreational areas.

“Cigarette filters leach dangerous chemicals into the environment, kill animals that eat them, and cause communities to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for clean-up,” said Stone. “California has many laws in place to curtail cigarette litter, but people continue to illegally discard tons of cigarette butts each year.  The current laws aren’t sufficient to address this major problem.”