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SACRAMENTO –Closely following the landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the California Legislature has approved legislation that would promote and protect additional civil rights of LGBT individuals and all Californians. Assembly Bill 87 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) takes an important step to enshrine the legal rights and responsibilities of all Californians regarding jury selection.
“The jury system provides the foundation for California’s justice system; it is designed to yield just and fair results for defendants and victims alike. This proposed law takes a modest but necessary step to ensure that defendants are allowed a trial by an impartial jury that reflects a cross section of the population in a community,” said Stone. “Additionally, without this protection, prospective jurors could be denied the right to participate in the justice system and complete their civic duty. I hope the Governor will sign AB 87.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has designated local veteran and community member Christopher DiMaio the 29th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.
“Christopher DiMaio has shown incredible bravery and service to his country. I am honored to name him the 2015 Veteran of the Year,” said Stone. “He is an exemplary member of our community. Santa Cruz is a better and more supportive place because of him.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded locally-owned and operated Internet service provider (ISP) Cruzio with the 2015 Small Business of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District.
Cruzio has a 24-year history of reliability and responsiveness to customers and serves over 9,000 businesses and homes in Santa Cruz County, making it one of the largest independent ISPs in California. It was co-founded by Peggy Dolgenos and Chris Neklason, both of whom continue to own and operate the company today.
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly has approved AB 403 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), legislation that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. The measure, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
“When children go into foster care, they depend on us to make sure that they have a safe, comfortable, supportive place to stay, whether that is with a relative, a foster family, or a treatment center,” said Stone. “Current options along the continuum of care spectrum, particularly the existing model for group home placements, do not always meet these requirements. The reforms in this bill will provide youth with the support they need in foster care to return to their families or to find a permanent home if returning to their families is not an option.”
SACRAMENTO –The Assembly has approved AB 848, legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would ensure the safety of people seeking alcohol and drug rehabilitation services. The measure would allow residential detoxification facilities to provide 24-hour medical services to their clients.
“A detoxification facility should be able to provide the best possible care for vulnerable people struggling to overcome addictions. People who are working to get sober should have their needs met through the programs where they are seeking help, including medical treatment related to their addiction and recovery,” said Stone. “I’m pleased that the Assembly has passed this necessary measure.”
Measure Prioritizes Educational Opportunities for Underserved and At-Risk Students
SACRAMENTO—The Assembly has approved AB 988, legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) that would provide education about the environment and outdoor recreation for California children, prioritizing opportunities for underserved and at-risk students.
“In many underserved communities, outdoor environmental education and recreation programs are the only exposure kids have to nature and the environment,” said Stone. “Students have memorable real-world experiences with the environment, which increases interest in science and environmental stewardship. I’m pleased that the Assembly has recognized the benefits that these programs can provide to California students.”
SACRAMENTO –The Assembly has passed legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would create a framework for a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and would build upon the existing federal tax credit. AB 43, which was passed with bipartisan support, addresses the lack of income gains for working Californians in the Post-Great Recession economic recovery and provides a much-needed economic stimulus in the most economically distressed communities.
“The federal earned income tax credit is one of the tools that has measurably reduced poverty amongst working California families. It’s time for California to join the twenty-five states that already have a supplemental EITC to lift vulnerable low-wage workers and their families out of poverty,” said Stone. “I applaud the Governor’s budget proposal to put in place an EITC that helps the state’s poorest working families, and I am pleased that the Assembly has passed legislation that would make it possible to expand a state EITC credit to more Californians in the future.”
AB 918 Provides Transparency about Use of Restraints for Residents and their Families
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly has approved with a bipartisan vote AB 918 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). The measure would protect vulnerable Californians who live in community care facilities. The measure
“With no public data available, family members have no way to know about how often seclusion and restraint techniques are used on their loved ones,” said Stone. “This measure ensures that consumers have the information they need to make informed decisions on care facilities.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a statement regarding Governor Brown’s proposal to create a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that would build upon the federal tax credit:
“I applaud Governor Brown for proposing to allocate $380 million to help our state’s poorest working families. Building a statewide Earned Income Tax Credit into the budget is a significant step toward lifting Californians out of poverty.