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SACRAMENTO –The California State Assembly 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. I’m pleased that the Assembly has approved this measure.”
SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Appropriations Committee has approved several bills by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would stimulate regional economies, improve the lives of impoverished and vulnerable Californians, address threats to the environment, promote transparency for consumers, and improve public safety. The following bills will be sent to the Assembly Floor for consideration by the full Assembly:
AB 2002 (Stone/Atkins/Levine) Coastal Commission Transparency: As evidenced by the decision to remove Dr. Charles Lester as the Executive Director, the actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians. It is without question that decisions of such gravity should be held to the highest standards of public disclosure. However, current law lacks the transparency that Californians clearly expect and deserve regarding who is working to influence decisions that commissioners make. This measure requires that people lobbying Coastal Commissioners become registered as lobbyists and become subject to public disclosure laws, and it helps ensure that future commissioner decisions have higher standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a statement regarding the audit released today by the California State Auditor regarding the State Bar of California:
"The primary duty of the State Bar is to protect the public from dishonest attorneys, and our job as legislators is to ensure that the Bar is adequately performing that job. Unfortunately, the audit found that the Bar fails to properly inform the Legislature about its activities in a manner that is transparent and fully accurate. As a result, it is extremely difficult for the Legislature to perform its critical oversight functions. Moreover, the public has suffered very real harm as a result of the Bar's unreasonable delays in reimbursing losses due to attorney misconduct. This apparently has been a problem for years, yet the Bar did not fully inform the Legislature of the magnitude of the problem -- $16.7 million shortfall at the end of 2015 -- leaving thousands of Californians to wait years for any hope of reimbursement.
New Law is Part of Comprehensive Anti-Tobacco Reforms
SACRAMENTO—The Governor has signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect California’s workers and business patrons from the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke. Assembly Bill x2-7 ends several long-standing exemptions to workplace smoking laws and will better protect Californians from the health effects of secondhand smoke.
“When California banned smoking in the workplace in 1994, it led the nation in protecting its citizens from the dangers of secondhand smoke. At the time, several exceptions were allowed, and now many other states have more effective laws than we do to reduce workers’ and customers’ smoke exposure in the workplace,” said Stone. “This new law finally ensures that California provides the same protections as other states on this important health policy.”
SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Elections and Redistricting 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.
SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly has approved legislation 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 Assembly has approved this simple but helpful measure.”
SACRAMENTO –The Assembly Judiciary Committee has approved with bipartisan support proposed laws by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would bring justice to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.
“We must do more to protect human trafficking victims, sexually abused minors, and children who have been forced into sex work. These vulnerable Californians deserve a chance to rebuild lives that are free from abuse,” said Stone. “This package of legislation helps ensure that the justice system does not punish abused people for the crimes of their abusers.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded Pacific Grove resident and community leader Mrs. Ann Todd Jealous with the 2016 Woman of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District.
Jealous is a longtime civil rights activist, teacher, therapist, and author. She dedicates her time to conflict resolution and diversity training at the National Coalition Building Institute and The Village Project, Inc., a non-profit Afro-centric counseling center based in Seaside.
Legislation Part of Comprehensive Anti-Tobacco Reforms
SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has passed a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect California’s workers and business patrons from the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke. Assembly Bill x2-7 ends several long-standing exemptions to workplace smoking laws and will better protect Californians from the health effects of secondhand smoke.
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced the Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights to protect borrowers from unfair or confusing loan practices that can create crushing, insurmountable debt for students and create a drag on the economy. Assembly Bill 2251, sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, requires loan servicers to provide reliable information about loan repayment options, quality customer service and fair treatment, and meaningful access to federal affordable repayment and loan forgiveness benefits.
“Students pursue higher education to develop skills that help them go into careers and achieve financial independence. But to finance that education many students must take out loans, which do not always have clear terms, consumer-friendly service, or access to federal repayment and forgiveness options,” said Stone. “The Student Borrowers’ Bill of Rights will create a consumer-friendly standard that provides new protections for student loan borrowers.”