SACRAMENTO — The California District Attorneys Association has released its 2018 Legislative Scorecard and awarded Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) a “100 percent score” for his voting record on legislation affecting public safety.
With 40 state senators in the California State Legislature, Senator Stone is one out of six who earned “100 percent.”
“Public safety should be the top priority of all elected officials,” Stone said in a prepared statement. “I am honored to support the California District Attorneys Association , along with public safety agencies across the 28th Senate District, and the State of California. I will continue to work hard to promote policies that strengthen public safety and to oppose legislation that makes our communities less safe.”
For the 2018 legislative session, the California District Attorneys Association focused on 12 public safety bills listed as a “priority.” Among some of the bills that California District Attorneys Association opposed included Senate Bill 1279 which would have reduced prison sentences for certain dangerous offenders, and Senate Bill 1393 which will remove restrictions prohibiting a judge from striking a prior serious felony conviction in connection with a 5-year enhancement.
Others who received perfect scores are: Patricia Bates, Janet Nguyen, Jim Nielsen, Andy Vidak, and Scott Wilk.
This vote record is one tool that helps measure the performance of legislators on issues that are important to California District Attorneys Association and its membership, according to the Association. It is important to remember that this record may not provide a comprehensive assessment of a member’s attitude and actions on criminal justice and public safety issues, according to the California District Attorneys Association.
While how a member votes is important, other actions like authoring California District Attorneys Association-sponsored bills and speaking for or against legislation on the floor and in committee also have an impact on policymaking, according to the Association.
To read the full report and scorecard click on this link.
He was first elected to the state Senate in 2014. He handily won re-election in Nov. 6 California General Election far outpacing his Democratic challenger Joy Silver.
Stone represents the 28th Senate District. 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.