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SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone joined Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Assemblymember Marc Levine and others today to introduce AB 2002, legislation to ensure that people lobbying Coastal Commissioners become registered as lobbyists and become subject to public disclosure laws. Specifically, the measure requires any person who communicates with Coastal Commission members regarding an administrative action of the commission, and who qualifies as a lobbyist, to comply with provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974.
“As we have seen over the past several weeks, the actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians. It is without question that decisions with such gravity should be held to the highest standards of public disclosure. However, current law lacks the transparency that Californians clearly expect and deserve about who is working to influence decisions that commissioners make,” said Assemblymember Stone (D-Monterey Bay), joint author of AB 2002. “I am pleased to join Speaker Atkins and my colleagues to make the necessary changes to the law to ensure that future commissioner decisions have higher standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.”
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation to restore and expand successful CalWORKs programs whose recipients experienced devastating cuts during the Great Recession.
“In spite of a strong economy today, an overwhelming number of California families continue to face tremendous obstacles to exiting poverty and establishing better futures for themselves,” said Stone. “This bill provides more support for impoverished families whose adults are transitioning into full employment.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a statement regarding Governor Brown’s proposed 2016-17 state budget:
“With this proposed budget, Governor Brown has highlighted the necessity to improve outcomes for youth in foster care. As the author of 2015 legislation that comprehensively reforms the foster care placement system (AB 403), I applaud the inclusion of new funds for foster family recruitment and targeted training, expanded services to youth, and additional oversight of facilities and individuals serving youth. I am excited to work with my colleagues in the legislature to ensure that the new reforms best protect and help youth in foster care.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1597 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.
“This bill allows more prisoners to participate in programs that teach critical community re-entry skills. Further, it gives jails an additional tool to provide rehabilitative services, which can help reduce overcrowding,” said Stone.
SACRAMENTO -The California Legislature has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone
(D-Monterey Bay) that would safeguard the health 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.
SACRAMENTO - The Governor has signed legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay)
that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. Assembly
Bill 403, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of
policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
SACRAMENTO – The Senate has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. Assembly Bill 403, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
“Children who enter foster care need safe, comfortable, supportive places to stay, whether that is with a relative, a foster family, or a treatment center,” said Stone. “Current options for placement, particularly the existing model for group homes, do not always meet these needs. 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 California Legislature has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would safeguard the health 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.
"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 urge the Governor to sign this necessary measure."
AB 918 Provides Transparency about Use of Restraints for Residents and their Families
SACRAMENTO – The California Senate has approved on a unanimous bipartisan vote AB 918 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). The measure would protect vulnerable Californians who live in community care facilities.
“Without public data available, family members have no way to find out 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 –A key Senate committee has approved several bills authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would protect the most vulnerable Californians. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the following bills, which next go to a vote on the Senate Floor:
AB 403 (Stone) Reforming Group Care for Foster Youth: This bill reforms the continuum of care for foster youth. It gives families who provide foster care training and support so that they are better prepared to care for youth, advances the state’s long-standing goal to move away from the use of long-term group home care, and transforms existing group home care facilities into places where youth who are not ready to live with families can receive short term, intensive treatment.