Block bill to streamline detention for probation violators signed by governor

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A proposal allowing probation department to detain adult probation offenders for up to 10 consecutive days without revoking probation or removing offenders from their local communities was approved today by the governor.

The streamlining measure, SB 266, was authored by state Senator Marty Block. 

SB 266 allows probation departments to use “flash incarceration” to hold offenders accountable with less disruption to work, home, or treatment programs. 

Governor approves Block measure granting human trafficking victims chance at a ‘clean slate’

September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Human trafficking victims arrested or convicted of non-violent crimes while they were trafficked will be able to request that those charges be removed from their records under a bill approved today by the governor and authored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego). 

The measure, SB 823, would help victims rebuild their lives after they escape from the control of their traffickers who may have directed them to commit crimes such as shoplifting or trespass.

Block bill to keep college and university textbook costs down signed by the governor

September 13, 2016

Block bill to keep college and university textbook costs down signed by the governor

SACRAMENTO – A measure requiring state colleges and universities to clearly highlight courses in their online schedules that exclusively use free digital course materials was approved today by the governor.

State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), authored SB 1359 which received unanimous and bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly. “This measure will provide students with additional information about textbook costs and adds transparency to the cost of a degree,” Block said.