Thursday, March 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymembers Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chris Holden (D-Pasadena)  and Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) today introduced AJR 9 which would affirm the importance of scientific research, the scientific education of all children, and the foundational role of independent, rigorous scientific discovery and inquiry in the policymaking process at all levels and support the April 22, 2017, March for Science. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sacramento – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) today introduced legislation to help protect California’s coast in the face of sea-level rise, intense weather events, and other impacts of a changing climate. Assembly Bill 1129 protects coastal access and coastal resources by promoting natural alternatives to seawalls and other defense structures.

Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded Santa Cruz resident and community leader Dr. Jennifer Hastings with the 2017 Person of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District as part of the California State Assembly’s Annual Woman of the Year Ceremony. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“I am outraged after listening to the City of Santa Cruz’s press conference regarding the February 13th arrests. I am shocked and appalled that the Department of Homeland Security would so boldly violate the trust of our police department and community. The Department took advantage of a six- year criminal investigation and turned it into an immigration raid,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone.

Monday, February 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) introduced AB 319, legislation that will require that, by 2020, all single-use plastic beverage containers have a cap that is tethered to the container. According to the Coastal Conservancy’s most recent data on marine debris, bottle caps were one of the top items found in beach clean-ups conducted in 2015. The size of these plastics makes them a threat to wildlife, and as they break down to smaller pieces, they are found to have an even greater environmental impact.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Co-chair of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, voted to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Congressman Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California. “I was very impressed with the depth and thoughtfulness of Congressman Becerra’s answers to questions posed by the Committee and in his handling of questions in our confirmation hearing,” said Assemblymember Stone. “At this time in California, there is no better person for the job as Attorney General.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

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.