Stone again seeks teens’ suggestions for legislation

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Once again, this year’s high school students from State Sen. Jeff Stone’s 28th California Senate District are encouraged to propose legislation that may become law in California.

“There ought to be a law” challenge is open to all high school students — grades nine through 12 — in the 28th Senate District. The contest encourages students to submit ideas for improving the quality of life in Riverside County and 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,” Stone said. “I am looking for proposed legislation that addresses issues on both the local and statewide level.

“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,” Stone added.

The deadline for students to submit their proposed legislation is Dec 5, 2017.

Interested participants can download an entry form or fill out the form online at www.Senate.CA.Gov/Stone.

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 the tools they need to handle their finances responsibly.

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, Sen. Stone’s communications director, for more information. His email address is john.hunneman@sen.ca.gov  and his phone number is 951-894-3530.

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