(Sacramento) - California has strong labor protections on paper, but in reality companies can pick and choose whether they want to follow the law or break it. As a result, billions of dollars are stolen every year from workers' paychecks, which hurts workers, their families, their communities, and law-abiding businesses. In response to this Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) wrote Assembly Bill 2416.
AB 2416 creates a clear standard to prevent unscrupulous businesses from ducking responsibility. Assemblymember Stone told a large rally of supporters at the State Capitol, "We're here for fairness and we're here for justice." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
An informational hearing on oversight and regulation of oil and gas well stimulation techniques along California’s coastline
(Santa Barbara) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection, convened a hearing in Santa Barbara focused on off-shore fracking. Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) shared the dais with the Chair. The hearing included a discussion of current oversight and regulations, as well as a dialogue about what more could be done to protect the interests of the coast. Panelists included state government, the oil and gas industry, and environmental stake holders. The hearing ended with a robust public comment period. Assemblymember Stone stated, “Its crucial to the state’s economy to take care of the California coast.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Human Services Committee has approved two measures by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help families in crisis, while streamlining and making more cost-effective some cash aid services. Both measures received bipartisan support, and they next go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration of their fiscal impacts to the state.
“These bills will help needy parents take care of their children’s basic needs, while relieving some of the bureaucratic burden they face,” said Stone. “These policies are important to help ensure that the programs that families in crisis rely upon are cost-effective and user-friendly.”
(SACRAMENTO) - Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has been appointed to the Assembly Public Safety Committee by Speaker John A. Perez.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve on this key committee,” said Stone. “I now will sit on both the policy and budget committees in the Assembly that oversee the public safety functions of the State. I am uniquely positioned to be a strong voice in all aspects of the prison reform debate, implementation of prison realignment and adequate funding of our courts.”
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymembers Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) have introduced legislation that would help ensure that consumers who use sharps at home -- including diabetics, cancer patients, and hormone therapy patients -- dispose of their used needles safely and legally.
When loose sharps get into the general waste stream, they expose the public and workers who sort the trash to bloodborne diseases. Illegally disposed sharps also cost local governments taxpayer dollars when workers get injured, or when entire trash sorting operations need to be shut down to retrieve the needles.
You're Invited to a District Office Open House!
Please join Senator Bill Monning and Assemblymember Mark Stone for a reception at their Monterey District Offices.
Residents of the 29th Assembly District are invited to drop in to ask questions and discuss legislative issues or concerns. Light refreshments will be provided. Members of the media are welcome to attend this event.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
4 to 6 PM
99 Pacific Street
Suites 555 D & 575 F
Monterey, CA 93940
No RSVP is necessary. For more information, please call the Monterey District Office at (831) 649-2832.
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) today urged the federal government fishery agencies to halt the expansion of Pacific Ocean fisheries where gillnets, a type of fishing with potential for significant bycatch can be used. The members also called on the federal government to investigate the sale of swordfish in California that were caught with fishing gear that is illegal in state waters. Stone was joined by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and thirteen other Assemblymembers from across the state.
In the letter, the members delineate concerns with allowing gillnet fishing in the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area and the continued bycatch of more than 100 marine mammals in the fishery every year. They also express concerns that swordfish caught with pelagic longline gear, a type of fishing gear that is illegal in California waters, is being landed in this state by out-of-state vessels from Hawaii. The members requested that the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service respond to questions about these proposals and practices.
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced a package of legislation that would help families in crisis, while streamlining and making more cost-effective some cash aid services.
“This package of bills will help needy parents take care of their children’s basic needs, while relieving some of the bureaucratic burden they face,” said Stone. “These bills help ensure that the programs that families rely upon are cost-effective and user-friendly.”
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation 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, participation in outdoor environmental education and recreation programs are the only exposure kids have to nature and the environment,” said Stone. “Outdoor environmental education provides students with memorable real-world experiences with the environment, which increases interest in science and environmental stewardship.”
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation that would improve public access to information provided by public utilities that is used to set rates. Assembly Bill 1601 would help ensure that California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) decisions are more transparent.
“The public has the right to information that affects what they are asked to pay for utilities. They have a right to know how rates are set,” said Stone. “People may also want to know how the Commission ensures that public utility service is safe.”