Stone Laws to Take Effect January 1

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) wrote a number of new laws that will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Improving the Economic Security of Students and Working Families

AB 2251 (Stone) Student Loan Servicing Act: This measure protects student borrowers from confusing loan practices that can create crushing, insurmountable debt and can create a drag on the economy. It requires loan servicers to provide reliable information about loan repayment options, quality customer service and fair treatment, and meaningful access to federal affordable repayment and loan forgiveness benefits. Attorney General (and Senator-Elect) Kamala Harris sponsored these reforms.

Stone Designated as Chair of Environmental Caucus

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has once again been named co-chair of the California Environmental Legislative Caucus.  The caucus provides a monthly forum for members to discuss ways to address pressing environmental concerns that affect California regions and residents.

“In anticipation of the potentially disastrous upcoming rollbacks of federal environmental protections, it’s more important than ever to facilitate discussions about how the California Legislature can address threats to the state’s diverse habitats, conserve natural resources, and protect state residents’ health,” said Stone.

Stone to Address Federal Demand for Repayment of Enlistment Bonuses

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued the following statement following reports that the Department of Defense is requesting repayment of enlistment bonuses by some California National Guard members:

“Many Californians joined the military and completed their service with the promise of an enlistment bonus. Recent reports indicate that the Pentagon believes many of those bonuses were paid out in error and now seeks repayment from innocent service members. While this clearly is an issue that the federal government needs to address quickly, I intend to take action on the first day of session to encourage the Administration and Congress to fix this problem without penalizing service members and veterans. If the federal government is unwilling or unable help these veterans, I will introduce legislation to hold California residents harmless through this process.

Governor Signs Stone Legislation to Protect Victims of Abuse

SACRAMENTO –Governor Brown has signed into law legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to prohibit secret settlements in sexual abuse cases.

“Secret settlements interfere with the prosecution of sexual predators and therefore could endanger children and other vulnerable potential victims of sexual assault. By shielding cases from the public and law enforcement, secret settlements unfairly allow sexual offenders with the financial means to pay for the silence of their victims and escape criminal prosecution,” said Stone. “This new law will help protect potential victims by prohibiting the use of settlements to shield sexual offenders from public knowledge and scrutiny.”

Governor Signs Student Loan Servicing Act

SACRAMENTO –Governor Brown has signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to create a Student Loan Servicing Act.  Assembly Bill 2251 will help ensure that student borrowers have reliable information, receive quality customer service, and have meaningful access to repayment and loan forgiveness programs.

Governor Signs Follow-Up Measure to 2015 Reforms to Foster Care Placement Options

SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed AB 1997 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay).  The measure, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services and strongly supported by both Democrats and Republicans, follows the 2015 reforms to placement and treatment options for youth in foster care implemented by Stone’s AB 403. 

Governor Signs California Organic Food and Farming Act

SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed into law the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA) by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and sponsored by the California Certified Organic Farmers.  The new law updates California’s organic farming program to ensure that California’s organic producers do not participate in unnecessary, duplicative bureaucratic processes.