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Stone Laws to Take Effect January 1

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SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) wrote a number of new laws that will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Improving the Economic Security of Students and Working Families

AB 2251 (Stone) Student Loan Servicing Act: This measure protects student borrowers from confusing loan practices that can create crushing, insurmountable debt and can create a drag on the economy. It 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. Attorney General (and Senator-Elect) Kamala Harris sponsored these reforms.

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Stone Designated as Chair of Environmental Caucus

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SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has once again been named co-chair of the California Environmental Legislative Caucus.  The caucus provides a monthly forum for members to discuss ways to address pressing environmental concerns that affect California regions and residents.

“In anticipation of the potentially disastrous upcoming rollbacks of federal environmental protections, it’s more important than ever to facilitate discussions about how the California Legislature can address threats to the state’s diverse habitats, conserve natural resources, and protect state residents’ health,” said Stone.

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Stone to Address Federal Demand for Repayment of Enlistment Bonuses

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SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued the following statement following reports that the Department of Defense is requesting repayment of enlistment bonuses by some California National Guard members:

“Many Californians joined the military and completed their service with the promise of an enlistment bonus. Recent reports indicate that the Pentagon believes many of those bonuses were paid out in error and now seeks repayment from innocent service members. While this clearly is an issue that the federal government needs to address quickly, I intend to take action on the first day of session to encourage the Administration and Congress to fix this problem without penalizing service members and veterans. If the federal government is unwilling or unable help these veterans, I will introduce legislation to hold California residents harmless through this process.

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Governor Signs Stone Legislation to Protect Victims of Abuse

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SACRAMENTO –Governor Brown has signed into law legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to prohibit secret settlements in sexual abuse cases.

“Secret settlements interfere with the prosecution of sexual predators and therefore could endanger children and other vulnerable potential victims of sexual assault. By shielding cases from the public and law enforcement, secret settlements unfairly allow sexual offenders with the financial means to pay for the silence of their victims and escape criminal prosecution,” said Stone. “This new law will help protect potential victims by prohibiting the use of settlements to shield sexual offenders from public knowledge and scrutiny.”

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Governor Signs Student Loan Servicing Act

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SACRAMENTO –Governor Brown has signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to create a Student Loan Servicing Act.  Assembly Bill 2251 will help ensure that student borrowers have reliable information, receive quality customer service, and have meaningful access to repayment and loan forgiveness programs.

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Governor Signs Follow-Up Measure to 2015 Reforms to Foster Care Placement Options

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SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed AB 1997 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay).  The measure, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services and strongly supported by both Democrats and Republicans, follows the 2015 reforms to placement and treatment options for youth in foster care implemented by Stone’s AB 403. 

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Governor Signs California Organic Food and Farming Act

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SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed into law the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA) by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and sponsored by the California Certified Organic Farmers.  The new law updates California’s organic farming program to ensure that California’s organic producers do not participate in unnecessary, duplicative bureaucratic processes. 

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Legislature Approves Stone Follow-Up Measure to 2015 Reforms to Foster Care Placement Options

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SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has approved AB 1997 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) with strong bipartisan support.  The measure, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services, builds upon the 2015 reforms to placement and treatment options for youth in foster care implemented by Stone’s AB 403. 

“I’m honored to advance the effort to reform placement options on the continuum of care spectrum for youth in foster care,” said Stone.  “Building upon major 2015 reforms, this measure takes additional critical steps to help youth access the support they need to return to their families or to find a permanent home if returning to their families is not an option.”

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Governor Signs Stone Bill to Protect Sexually Exploited Minors

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SACRAMENTO—The Governor has signed into law AB 1702 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect children who have been forced into sex work from reunification with their abusers.

“Vulnerable children who enter foster care deserve to rebuild their lives free from abuse,” said Stone.  “This new law will help ensure that the system does not punish abused minors for the crimes of their abusers.”

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Legislature Approves Stone Bill to Protect Sexually Exploited Minors

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SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature has approved with strong bipartisan support AB 1702 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to protect children who have been forced into sex work from reunification with their abusers.

“Vulnerable children who enter foster care deserve to rebuild their lives free from abuse,” said Stone.  “This bill helps ensure that the system does not punish abused people for the crimes of their abusers.”

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