Stone Sentinel: September 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Stone Sentinel.

The good news is the State Legislature has adjourned for the year. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

The year 2017 will likely go down as one of the most expensive in history for the hard-working people of California. Legislative Democrats, who currently hold a two-thirds majority—called a Super-Majority—in both the Senate and Assembly were unrestrained in their ability to pass new taxes and fees.

In a state where one-in-five people live in poverty, Democrats were able to pass, and Governor Brown signed, legislation that will increase the cost for ordinary Californians to buy a home, register their cars and fill their gas tanks.

These increases will have little impact on the wealthy, but are aimed directly at the middle class and working poor, the same people these Democrats always claim they are trying to help.

Where I could, I was able to help turn back some of this legislation, including a bill that would have created state-sanction centers where addicts could inject deadly drugs.

I also passed legislation to help stem the tide of opioid addiction that is sweeping our state and claiming the lives of too many young people. My bill was a small step and much more still needs to be done.

Looking forward, I will be spending the next several months traveling across the 28th Senate District and meeting with the people of Riverside County.

This month I have also launched my annual “There Ought to be a Law” competition for high school students of the 28th District. Details are inside the newsletter. If you know high school students who want to get involved with state government, please pass along the information to them.

As always, thank you for the honor of representing you in Sacramento and please call any of our offices if we can be of any assistance.

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That’s a Wrap

Senate Floor

The State Senate adjourned for the year on September 15th after wrapping up business for the session.

Senator Stone's Capitol Update

View the end of session wrap up here: http://bit.ly/2fhiC0l

That doesn’t mean Senator Stone’s work is done for 2017. Not by a long shot.

In the next few months the Senator will be traveling across the 28th District, listening to families and farmers, business owners and hard-working taxpayers and taking their ideas back with him to Sacramento in January.

Be sure to check his Website – www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone – and Facebook – www.facebook.com/SenatorJeffStone – and follow him on Twitter – @SenJeffStone to learn about events near you.

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Standing up for the People of California

In the past month many issues were debated and voted on by the legislature.

As always, Senate Stone stood up for the hard working people of California and opposed legislation that will raise taxes and hurt small businesses, senior citizens and middle class families.

Senator Stone has your back.

Here are several examples of the Senator supporting legislation to improve the lives of the people he represents.

SR58

Senator Stone proudly supported Senate Resolution 58 which decried the rise in anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2xuNZLi

AB 661

Senator Stone supported AB 661 which keeps the popular Mirage Trail open in the Coachella Valley.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2heXNDc

AB 858

Senator Stone supported AB 858 which was similar to his own bill to provide Financial Literacy for students.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2xsVgvU

AB 447

Senator Stone supported AB 447 which provides continuous coverage to people with Diabetes.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2gMrP10

AB 401

Senator Stone supported AB 401 which helps expand pharmacy services to rural and underserved communities.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2xu3nrg

To view more videos of the Senator standing up for the people of California visit his website: www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone

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Standing against special interests

Each year hundreds of bills, often written and backed by powerful unions and special interests, are heard and debated on the Senate floor.

As he always does, Senator Stone stands up for the people of California, not the special interest groups who pull the strings on many Sacramento politicians.

Here are just a few examples of Senator Stone opposing legislation that would harm hard-working families, law-abiding citizens, seniors and others.

SB 54

Despite some positive changes, Senator Stone still opposed SB 54—the “Sanctuary State” bill—which prohibits cooperation with federal authorities.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2jImdWi

SB 2

Senator Stone stood up against SB 2 which adds another fee to make housing less affordable.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2xeB4ep

AB 978

Senator Stone opposed AB 978 which will cause more businesses to leave California.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2xbPZZx

AB 186

Senator Stone opposed AB 186 which would condone state sanctioned shooting galleries for drug users. Because of his leadership, this dangerous bill failed to pass.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2heVCPS

AB 890

Senator Stone opposed AB 890 which infringes on local control and takes away voter rights.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2j5gQAa

To view more videos of the Senator standing up for the people of California visit his website: www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone

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There Ought to be a Law!

There Ought to be a Law!

Have you ever said to yourself, “There Ought to be a Law…”?

Once again in 2017, high school students from Senator Stone’s 28th California Senate District are encouraged to propose legislation that may become law in California.

“There Ought to be a Law” is open to all high school students—grades 9-12—in the 28th Senate District. The contest encourages students to submit ideas for improving the quality of life in Riverside County and the State of California.

“By asking our high school students to propose new laws, I am hoping to tap into their bright, inquisitive minds and also to inspire them to get involved in politics and public service,” said Senator Stone. “In 2016, we had more than 120 entries. I hope to see more this year.”

Roberto Ortega, a senior at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, was the winner of the 2016 competition. His proposed law, Senate Bill 583—the California Financial Literacy Act—would provide young people with the tools they need to handle their finances responsibly.

SB 583 California Financial Literacy Act

Roberto was flown to Sacramento as a guest of Senator Stone where he testified before the Senate Education Committee.

Senator Stone with Roberto Ortega in his Capitol Office

The deadline for students to submit their proposed legislation is December 5, 2017. For more information and an entry form visit: www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone.

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Governor signs Senator Stone’s bill to fight opioid addiction

Senator Stone

Senate Bill 554, by Senator Stone, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September. This bill will allow Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants in California to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction.

A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3.8 million Americans use opioids for nonmedical use each month.

“Opioid addiction is a growing problem across California and our country,” said Senator Stone. “The more professionals we have with the ability to treat this addiction the better we can provide access to those in need.”

The bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly by unanimous votes.

Senate Bill 554 brings California law into line with federal law.

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018

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Senator Stone’s Website

Senator Stone's website

Senator Stone’s website – www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone – is the place to find the information you need to know about what’s happening in Sacramento and right in your community.

Do you have a question for the Senator? Just click on the “Contact the Senator” tab.

Perhaps you’re interested in knowing Senator Stone’s position on issues that are important to you, your family and your neighbors. The website is the place to go.

You can contact the Senator and his staff if you are having a problem with a State Agency, and if you want to share an opinion or have an idea.

But there is much more information on Senator Stone’s website.

For instance, click on “Veterans Services” tab to learn about Federal, State, County and local services for our Veterans and to find organizations that support these heroes, like the American Legion and the VFW.

You can go to the “District” tab to connect to the websites of cities, school districts, colleges and universities, utilities, chambers of commerce and much more.

Do you want to know about the latest scams going on in your community? Just click on the “Scam Alert” tab.

And there is plenty more.

Serving the people of the 28th District is an honor.

Senator Stone invites you to check out his website today.

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Visiting your State Capitol

State Capitol

The State Legislature adjourned for the year on September 15.

With lawmakers home in their districts, the State Capitol is a lot less crowded making this a great time to visit and learn about California’s history.

State Capitol statue

Thousands of visitors flock to the Capitol building each year which is open to the public every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

State Capitol statue of a golden bear

In addition to being the seat of California’s government, the Capitol building is a museum—admission is free—featuring numerous exhibits, free tours and a gift shop.

State Capitol statue of Ronald Reagan

To learn more about visiting the Capitol click on this link: http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/

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Team Stone on the Move

Student of the Month winners

School is back in session and Team Stone always enjoys attending Student of the Month events. District Representative Debbie Herrera was honored to present certificates from Senator Stone to these great students from Temecula.

Team Stone with Dean Norris

Team Stone joined with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for N-Pac, the Norris Performing Arts Center, on Corning Place in Murrieta. Founder Dean Norris—best known for his role in Breaking Bad—was presented a certificate from Senator Stone by District Representative Darrell Connerton.

Team Stone at National Waffle Day event in Murrieta

Team Stone celebrated National Waffle Day at the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to mark the new upgrades to the Comfort Inn & Suites in Murrieta. Attendees were treated to waffles and lunch. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Poggio Leano, a wine tasting room

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Poggio Leano, a wine tasting room located near Gourmet Italia restaurant on Ynez Road in Temecula.

Team Stone said goodbye to Staff Intern Bailey Mejia who is headed back to Cal State Fullerton

Senator Stone’s Murrieta office said goodbye to Staff Intern Bailey Mejia who is headed back to Cal State Fullerton for his senior year. Thanks Bailey for all your hard work this summer for the people of California. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate to Bailey on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone presented a certificate to an American hero, WW II POW Tech SGT US Army Aircorps Mike Kovich on his 101st birthday

Team Stone presented a certificate to an American hero, WW II POW Tech SGT US Army Aircorps Mike Kovich, who was honored on his 101st Birthday by VFW Post 1534 in Desert Hot Springs. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Oakhill Academy

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley and Murrieta chambers of commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Oakhill Academy on Santiago Road in Temecula.

District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone

District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy of TVCC)

Team Stone joined with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Renaissance Village

Team Stone joined with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Renaissance Village on Jackson Avenue in Murrieta. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone. (Photo courtesy of Kip Cothran and KC Photography)

Student of the Month winners

Team Stone attended the annual Veteran's Expo in Wildomar

Senator Stone’s District Director Glenn Miller was among hundreds of veterans who attended the annual Veteran’s Expo in Wildomar sponsored by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez. There was a great turnout to help the veterans in our region find resources they can use.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez with veteran at the annual Veteran's Expo