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Right to die bill passes California Senate

June 4, 2015
The Desert Sun - The California "End of Life Options Act" — otherwise known as SB 128 or "right to die" or "death with dignity" — passed the state Senate on Thursday, heading next to the Assembly.

Diamond Valley Lake: Launch ramp to be completed by fall

May 30, 2015
The Press Enterprise - Southern California’s largest drinking water reservoir is getting back into the boating business.

'Right to try' bills would let dying Californians use experimental drugs

May 22, 2015
Sacramento Bee - Arguments for Assembly Bill 159 and Senate Bill 149 echo the 1980s battles over HIV/AIDS medicine, when stricken patients implored the government to give them swifter access to not-yet-approved drugs. The newer right-to-try movement similarly decries the process of greenlighting...

Revised spending plan steeped in anti-drought funding

May 14, 2015
Press-Enterprise - Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to spend an additional $2.2 billion for programs he says will help California deal with its punishing drought by conserving water, responding to emergency conditions and expanding local water supplies.

Lending skills or taking refuge? Ex-state lawmakers take Capitol jobs

April 16, 2015
Los Angeles Times - Legislative leaders defend the practice of appointing and hiring former officials, saying it provides the state with expertise. Taxpayer activist Lew Uhler disagreed, saying such hiring shows a lingering system of political patronage at the state Capitol.

Latest attempt to repeal fire fee fails

April 3, 2015
The Press-Enterprise - In a party-line vote, a state Senate committee recently killed the latest effort to repeal the annual Fire Prevention Fee imposed on rural property owners in parts of California.

Sen. Jeff Stone: I'm no partisan animal

March 16, 2015
The Desert Sun - State Sen. Jeff Stone met with members of The Desert Sun’s editorial board Friday to lay out the issues he’s considered during his first three months in office and articulate his guiding goal as a minority lawmaker in Sacramento.

Senate Republicans urge closure of Sonoma Developmental Center

March 13, 2015
The Press Democrat - California’s Senate Republican leadership is pushing for the closure of two developmental centers that serve the severely disabled, including one near Sonoma where state and local officials are gathering today to advocate keeping the facility running.

Senator Stone discusses "Right to Try" Legislation during CBS Local 2 Newsmaker interview

March 13, 2015
KESQ 2 - On Friday, March 13, Senator Stone sat down for a one-on-one interview with Kris Long of CBS Local 2 in Thousand Palms, Ca. to discuss Senate Bill 149 which would allow access to experimental drugs, ones that have been safety tested but not yet approved by the FDA, to terminally ill...

California lawmaker wants to pare six-figure pay for state boards

February 26, 2015
Los Angeles Times - Legislation introduced by Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Murrieta) would set a $12,000 annual salary for 12 state panels, some of which now pay six-figures and a few that have traditionally been filled by former legislators and other insiders.