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SACRAMENTO – Several California Assembly committees approved three bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that help improve medical treatment for people with alcohol and drug addictions, help young people convicted of crimes to successfully reenter society, and ensure that incapacitated prisoners have appropriate legal representation. The measures now move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a review of their fiscal impact to the state.
AB 848 Improves Care for People Working to Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved Assembly Bill 848 with bipartisan support. The measure would allow residential alcohol and drug recovery and treatment facilities to provide 24-hour medical services to their clients.
SACRAMENTO – A key policy committee has approved two bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help promote small and local winemaking and beer brewing businesses in the Monterey Bay area. Assembly Bill 394 requires that Monterey County wines are labeled to identify the region where they are produced, and Assembly Bill 893 streamlines bureaucratic processes for craft brewers to legally sell new products.
“Winemaking and craft brewing are important and unique sectors of our local economy. They provide jobs, attract tourists, and create high-quality products that make our region special,” said Stone. “It’s reasonable and necessary to help these small and locally owned businesses keep running successfully.”
SACRAMENTO – Late Tuesday afternoon several California Assembly policy committees approved three bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help reduce prison recidivism, improve access to higher education, and protect vulnerable Californians.
(SACRAMENTO) –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has called for Congress to increase federal funding to address ocean acidification along the California coast. Ocean acidification degrades the marine environment and threatens wildlife, but researchers continue to struggle to find solutions to the problem. It is one of the effects of climate change.
“California’s coastline geography is distinctive, which makes our state especially vulnerable to the negative effects of ocean acidification,” said Stone. “We must develop a stronger understanding of this issue and determine possible solutions to protect our marine environment and the local economies that depend on it.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded Seaside resident and community leader Helen Rucker with the 2015 Woman of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District.
Ms. Rucker is a long-time civil rights activist, educator, and community leader in the city of Seaside. Since 1964, she has served the city of Seaside as a teacher, librarian, school board member, city councilmember, leader within the Monterey county NAACP, and founder of the Seaside Voter Education Center.
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) have introduced Assembly Bill 988, 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 to ensure the safety of people seeking alcohol and drug rehabilitation services. Assembly Bill 848 would allow residential detoxification facilities to provide 24-hour medical services to their clients.
“The goal of a detoxification facility is to provide the best possible care for vulnerable people struggling to overcome addictions. I introduced this bill because 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.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced AB 238, legislation to promote infrastructure and technology development to deploy broadband access to all Californians.
“During my time in the Legislature, I’ve fought to reduce unemployment, develop and grow business opportunities, combat wealth inequality, and shrink the student academic achievement gap. Ensuring that broadband is available across the state is an important part of addressing each of these problems,” said Stone. “High-speed internet access isn’t just for streaming movies – it’s a critical component for promoting economic development and educational achievement for all Californians.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 512, legislation to help reduce recidivism and prison overcrowding by encouraging inmates to participate in educational and life skills programs while earning modest sentence reductions.
“We need to make sure that people in prison who will someday return to their communities have the opportunity to learn job and life skills that will help them stay out of trouble when they are released,” said Stone. “This bill provides inmates a stronger incentive to complete programs that have been proven to help reduce recidivism.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 403, legislation that expresses the intent of the Legislature to comprehensively reform 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.”