Stone Releases Statement on Passage of Active Transportation Program

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has released the following statement on the passage of legislation that creates the “Active Transportation Program”:

“Californians continue to suffer because too many cars on our roads: we deal with poor air quality that creates health problems, traffic that congests our highways, and car emissions that contribute to climate change.  I was pleased to vote for legislation that will make it easier for California communities to access funds for programs and projects that encourage walking, biking, and other non-motorized transportation options.”

Assembly Approves Stone Resolution To Condemn Federal Bill Preempting California Green Chemistry Protections

September 3, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – The California State Assembly has approved with bipartisan support a resolution by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) denouncing a congressional effort to sidestep robust state laws protecting Californians from harmful chemicals.  Assembly Joint Resolution 30 urges the President and Congress to object to the current version of the Chemical Safety and Improvement Act (S. 1009), which includes broad preemption provisions that prevent states from acting to address risks of potentially toxic substances.

“Time and again, California voters have expressed their desire for policies that require transparency about chemicals in consumer products, as well as vigorous evaluation of risk and firm restrictions on verified toxic substances. Californians should continue to enjoy these protections instead of submitting to weaker federal laws,” said Stone.  “I’m pleased that the Assembly has reaffirmed the desires of Californians, and I hope that the Senate will do the same.”

Stone Introduces Resolution To Condemn Federal Bill Preempting California’s Strong Consumer Health Protections

August 5, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced a resolution denouncing a congressional effort to sidestep robust state laws protecting Californians from harmful chemicals.  Assembly Joint Resolution 30 urges the President and Congress to object to the current version of the Chemical Safety and Improvement Act (S. 1009), which includes broad preemption provisions that prevent states from acting to address risks of potentially toxic substances.

“Time and again, California voters have expressed their desire for policies that require transparency about chemicals in consumer products, as well as vigorous evaluation of risk and firm restrictions on verified toxic substances,” said Stone.  “This federal effort is clearly a blatant attempt to circumvent the strong protections that California voters approved.”

Stone Releases Statement On Governor Budget Approval

June 27, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), member of the Assembly Budget Committee and Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, has released the statement following the Governor’s signing of the state budget:

“The Governor and Legislature worked together to put together this balanced, on-time, fiscally responsible budget.  It fulfills many priorities of Californians by investing in public schools, higher education, and the federal healthcare law. It reflects fiscal discipline by eliminating the structural deficit and provides the option of a rainy day fund for voters to approve.

Stone Releases Statement On Budget Passage

June 15, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, has released the following statement on the passage of the state budget:

“This balanced, on-time, fiscally responsible budget fulfills many priorities of Californians by investing in public schools, making college more affordable, and effectively implementing the federal healthcare law.  It reflects a remarkable level of fiscal discipline in that it eliminates the structural deficit and provides for a rainy day fund that voters will have an opportunity to approve.

Stone Appointed to Task Force Examining Future of Developmental Centers

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has appointed Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to the Future of the Developmental Centers Task Force, a stakeholder group established by Health and Human Services Agency Director Diana Dooley.  The Task Force will meet to review and consider options for California’s over 1500 developmental center residents.

“I am pleased to be named the Assembly’s representative on the Task Force, and I look forward to ensuring that our state meets the special needs of current developmental center residents and their families,” said Stone.

Assembly Approves Stone Legislation To Protect Drinking Water

May 27, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – The California State Assembly has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to create a reliable, stable funding source to provide long-term safe drinking water infrastructure as well as short-term solutions for communities impacted by nitrate contamination.  AB 467 would establish the Freshwater Protection Fund in the State Treasury, under the administration of the State Water Resource Control Board.  The bill passed out on a bipartisan vote of 73 to 1.