Last week, Sen. Jeff Stone (R-28th District) announced his appointment to serve on four major committees and one Budget Subcommittee in the California State Senate.

Stone will serve as vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee
and also of the Labor and Industrial Relations. He also will serve on the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, the Public Safety Committee
and the Budget Subcommittee for Health and Human Services.

On the Natural Resources Committee, Stone will have key input and influence into the future of one the region’s most valuable and beloved assets, the Salton Sea.

“Water is going to be very important in this legislative session,” Stone said in a press release. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure adequate funding is provided for the Salton Sea restoration.”

The NRC has jurisdiction over bills relating to conservation and the management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining and geothermal development, acid deposition, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, ocean and bay pollution, coastal resources, forestry practices, recreation, parks and historic resources.

The PSC has jurisdiction over bills that amend the existing Evidence Code, the Penal Code, and those that deal with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The LIRC has jurisdiction over bills relating to labor, industrial safety, unemployment, workers’ compensation and insurance, and non-certified public school employees.

The BFRC handles the main budget bill and legislation necessary to implement the state budget, including deficiencies and re-appropriations.