Bill to Reduce Plastic in Oceans Passes Assembly Natural Resources Committee

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation designed to provide a comprehensive solution to the plastic debris that threatens the California coastline has passed a key Assembly policy committee. AB 521, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), was approved by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote.

“Plastic trash hurts our oceans and beaches in a significant and permanent way. It also wastes taxpayers’ money, burdens local governments – and is a preventable cause of pollution,” said Stone. “This bill will address the problem at its source.”

Assembly Committee Approves Stone Legislation To Protect Drinking Water

April 16, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee 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 6 to 1.

Stone coauthors bill repealing State Responsibility Area fire fee and creating comprehensive disaster aid fund

April 10, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has joined Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) in calling for a new Disaster Management, Preparedness and Assistance Fund to provide funding for several state emergency response agencies.  Assembly Bill 468 would establish the fund and would also repeal the State Responsibility Area (SRA) fire fee.

“I’m pleased to co-author this critical measure, which will secure necessary resources for our communities to respond to disasters like fires, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  These funds will directly help keep Californians and their property safe,” said Stone.