"There Ought to be a Law" contest deadline approaching

High School Students encouraged to propose legislation to be introduced by Senator Stone
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Have you ever said to yourself, “There ought to be a law….”?

Once again this year high school students from Senator Stone’s 28th California Senate District are being 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.

The deadline for students to submit their proposed legislation is Dec 2, 2016.

“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,” Senator Stone said. “I am looking for proposed legislation that addresses issues on both the local and statewide level.”

Of course, people of all ages are always welcome to submit proposals for new legislation to Senator Stone’s office. In fact, the best laws often come from the ideas and experiences of working families, small business owners, senior citizens, veterans and others.

You can download an entry form or fill out the form on-line at the Senator’s website: www.Senate.CA.Gov/Stone .

“I will choose at least one of the entries and begin the process of creating legislation to be considered by the California Senate and Assembly and, hopefully, signed by the Governor,” Senator Stone said.

Alyson White, a senior at Rancho Mirage High School, was the winner of last year’s competition. Her proposed law was selected from about 70 entries submitted from across the district.

Senate Bill 1395 – “Alyson’s Law” – would have doubled the fines and prison sentences for those convicted of animal abuse.

In April 2016 White and her mother, traveled to Sacramento as guests of Senator Stone and testified before the Senate Public Safety Committee in Sacramento. 

In early 2017 Senator Stone will visit the school of the author of the winning entry to further discuss details of the legislation.

The winner and a parent will be invited to Sacramento to testify on behalf of their proposed legislation.

High school principals, teachers and staff can contact John Hunneman, Senator Stone’s communications director, for additional information.  Email him at john.hunneman@sen.ca.gov or call him at 951-894-3530.