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There Ought to be a Law!

High School Students encouraged to propose legislation to be introduced by Senator Stone

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.

“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.

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

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

In early 2018 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 or call him at 951-894-3530.

Jeff Stone was elected to represent California’s 28th Senate District in November 2014.The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.

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