Stone Introduces Bill to Help Homeless Families

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1452 to help homeless families.  Specifically, the bill increases the dollar amount of the one-time cash benefit which families facing homelessness can use for a hotel room, helping ensure that families are not forced to spend the night without shelter. The current temporary shelter assistance benefit under the CalWORKS program has remained unchanged since 2006.

“This bill helps parents who have lost their housing make sure that their kids spend the night in a clean, safe space instead of out on the street while they seek out more permanent shelter,” said Stone.  “In many regions in California, the cost of a modest hotel room is significantly higher than this cash benefit.  With the benefit increase that my bill provides, I hope to help more families afford a room when they need it.”

Stone Laws to Take Effect January 1

SACRAMENTO – In his first year in office, Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) wrote several new laws that will take effect on January 1, 2014.  As Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, Stone authored many new laws that address issues that foster youth and other vulnerable children face. 

Stone Leads Coastal Legislators In Calling For State Water Bond To Include Coastal Water Infrastructure

October 28, 2013 – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has joined other legislators that represent coastal districts in calling for explicit inclusion of coastal waters in the 2014 water bond.  The members, led by Stone, urged the authors of the water bond to provide adequate funding for projects that would ensure coastal water infrastructure and protection of coastal ecosystems.

“We must secure the long-term health of California’s coast,” Stone wrote in a letter addressed to the water bond bill authors.  “[W]e strongly urge you to explicitly include the protection and restoration of coastal waters, including bays, marine estuaries and nearshore ecosystems, as well as coastal water projects in future versions of the bond.”

Stone Appointed To Special Committee To Examine Criminal Justice System

October 10, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has appointed Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to serve on the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. 

“Public safety realignment and prison conditions are important issues to the constituents in my district, so I’m pleased to be part of the discussion,” said Stone.  “This committee will delve into these issues and will work to find solutions.”

Governor Signs Stone Bill To Help Foster Kids Succeed

October 2, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 787 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), legislation that builds on 2010 foster care reforms.  The measure enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support in the Legislature. 

“The unanimous passage of AB 787 demonstrates our state's broad and consistent support for our foster youth,” said Stone. “Barriers continue to exist for foster youth transitioning out of the system.  I hope that this new law will make it easier for these kids to grow into productive and well-adjusted adults.  I wholeheartedly thank the Governor for signing this measure into law.”

Governor Signs Stone Bill To Help Homeless Youth

October 2, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 346 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), legislation that will ensure that runaway and homeless youth have access to safe temporary shelters.  The measure enjoyed bipartisan support in the Legislature. 

“This bill will help our runaway and homeless youth by providing safe, licensed, and supportive environments where they can receive the encouragement they need to address and resolve the challenges they face.” said Stone. “I was pleased that Democrats and Republicans came together to support this bill, and I wholeheartedly thank the Governor for signing this measure into law.”