SACRAMENTO – A bill, SB 589, to ensure that people with disabilities are not denied their right to vote in California was approved by the state Senate today on a 27-10 bipartisan vote. The measure was approved as the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it is investigating allegations that the state is denying voting rights to these citizens.
Senator Marty Block (D-39) today issued the following statement following Gov. Jerry Brown’s release of the May Revise:
“I applaud Gov. Jerry Brown for moving forward to mend the torn safety net for the most vulnerable among us who suffered so much during the recent economic crisis. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a good start.
SACRAMENTO – Comprehensive legislation, SB 15, by Senator Marty Block and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to improve access, affordability and undergraduate degree completion in four years was approved today in the Senate Education Committee on a unanimous vote.
SACRAMENTO – SCR 17, a resolution by state Senator Marty Block (D-39) which would recognize March 3 as the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Reserve, was approved today in the state Assembly.
The Naval Appropriations Act, dated March 3, 1915, established the Reserve. “For a century, brave men and women have served their county as citizen-sailors,” Block said. “These reservists have, time and time again, answered their country’s call and served with distinction in every major military action from World War I to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom,” he added.
Legislators, veterans and community leaders today decried a swastika display in Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood as offensive and an insult to victims of the holocaust and veterans who fought the Nazis during World War II. They urged the immediate removal of the display.
The press conference was attended by more than 40 legislators representing both parties, both houses and all ethnic caucuses. They stood together in solidarity against this “unambiguous symbol of hate.”
Senator Marty Block (D-39) who convened the news conference, made the following statement:
Community colleges will enter a whole new world as 15 of them begin offering four-year degree programs under legislation authored by Sen. Marty Block (D-39).
State Sen. Marty Block (D-39) today issued the following statement following release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal:
“Today, the flag was dropped on the race to complete a balanced budget by the end of June. As legislators and the public weigh in, we will iron out differences and work to ensure the budget is balanced and reflects the values and diverse needs of our state.
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee today formally appointed Senator Marty Block (D-39) to serve on a combination of familiar and new state Senate policy committees.
Block will chair the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education Financing. Block served on the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee in 2014 and has chaired the Budget Education Finance Subcommittee for the past two years.
On Jan. 20 community colleges will be selected to pioneer a historic change to the state’s higher education system. California’s Community College Board of Governors will make their selection of the pilot campuses at their first 2015 meeting. For the first time in the state’s history, community colleges will offer four-year degrees. The change is the result of legislation – SB 850 – authored by Senator Marty Block which takes effect Jan. 1.
Block said he will most likely focus on his priority issues – education, seniors, veterans and public safety in the coming year. His recent appointment as chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee will offer a new issue area in 2015.