February 12, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has appointed Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to serve as the Chair of the newly convened Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection.
“If the state is to continue to benefit from its world-class coastal resources that support its $43 billion coastal economy, it must focus its attention now on the numerous threats the coast currently faces,” said Stone. “This committee will delve into these issues, and will work to find solutions.”
The Select Committee will carry forward the public conversation about coastal protection in the 21st century. The committee will review renewable and sustainable ocean-based energy options, consider ways to reduce land-based marine debris such as plastic waste, examine plans to address infrastructure challenges due to sea levels rising, scrutinize the backlog of Coastal Act violations, and review proposed updates to Local Coastal Programs. Select Committees may conduct research, hold hearings on matters of interest to the state, and make legislative recommendations, but they may not consider or vote for specific legislation.
During his time as a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, Stone served on the California Coastal Commission. While there, he earned the reputation as a principled leader who protected the cherished California coastline for generations to come.
Contact: Arianna Smith, 916-319-2029