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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

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. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has approved AB 1997 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) with strong bipartisan support.  The measure, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services, builds upon the 2015 reforms to placement and treatment options for youth in foster care implemented by Stone’s AB 403. 

“I’m honored to advance the effort to reform placement options on the continuum of care spectrum for youth in foster care,” said Stone.  “Building upon major 2015 reforms, this measure takes additional critical steps to help youth access the support they need to return to their families or to find a permanent home if returning to their families is not an option.”

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO—The Governor has signed into law AB 1702 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect children who have been forced into sex work from reunification with their abusers.

“Vulnerable children who enter foster care deserve to rebuild their lives free from abuse,” said Stone.  “This new law will help ensure that the system does not punish abused minors for the crimes of their abusers.”

Monday, August 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has approved with strong bipartisan support AB 1702 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect children who have been forced into sex work from reunification with their abusers.

“Vulnerable children who enter foster care deserve to rebuild their lives free from abuse,” said Stone.  “This bill helps ensure that the system does not punish abused people for the crimes of their abusers.”

Monday, July 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed into law modest but necessary legislation by Assemblymembers Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) to improve transparency and clarity of ballot measure information. 

“This law ensures that counties may provide the most accurate information in the clearest possible way to voters,” said Stone.  “I’m pleased that the Governor has signed this simple but necessary measure.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO –The Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee has passed legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to create a Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights.  AB 2251 would help ensure that student borrowers have reliable information, receive quality customer service, and have meaningful access to repayment and loan forgiveness programs.

“With so many Californians struggling to repay loans or even defaulting on them, it is critical that loan servicers communicate loan terms effectively with their customers,” said Stone.  “By requiring accountability and oversight of the loan servicer industry, California will create critically needed protections to student loan borrowers.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO—The Senate Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to require that people who lobby the Coastal Commission register as lobbyists subject to public disclosure laws.

“This bill makes a necessary change to the law to ensure that decisions made by Commissioners have appropriate standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.  The actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians, so Californians should be able to find out who is working to influence decisions that Commissioners make,” said Stone.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature has approved a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to expand education opportunities to prisoners who are awaiting trial in jails. The measure builds upon Stone’s previous work to address jail overcrowding and reduce recidivism.

“We need to address prison overcrowding and recidivism with every tool at our disposal.  This proposed law will allow more prisoners to participate in programs that teach critical community re-entry skills and will give county sheriffs an additional tool to provide rehabilitative services in jails,” said Stone.  “I’m pleased that the Legislature has approved this simple but helpful measure, and I hope the Governor will sign it into law.”