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.
The Environmental Caucus was founded in 2005 by then-Senator Sheila Kuehl and then-Assemblymember Fran Pavley to provide legislators a monthly forum to discuss pivotal environmental issues facing California. In previous years, the caucus has reviewed environmental issues from state park closures, to hazardous waste impacts on disadvantaged communities, to the statewide cap-and-trade program and solar net metering.
Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) will co-chair the Caucus. “The Environmental Caucus is fiercely committed to maintaining our state's national and global leadership on climate change and the environment. We will take whatever actions we can to fight federal policies that undercut our efforts. I look forward to working with Assemblymember Stone and our entire Caucus as we prepare to meet this challenge,” said Allen.
Stone served as Assembly co-chair of the Environmental Caucus in 2015 and 2016. During his first two terms in the Assembly, Stone emerged as a leader on environmental protection. He has fought to reduce plastic pollution, ensure coastal access for all Californians, better regulate and monitor oil extraction, and clean up drinking water supplies. In his capacity as Chair of the Select Committee on Coastal Protection, he has held hearings investigating threats to the Pacific Ocean, oil spill prevention efforts, and plastic garbage effects on the coastal environment. He also serves on the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.