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Assembly committee approves Block ‘clean slate’ measure for trafficking victims convicted of nonviolent crimes

June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Human trafficking victims convicted of nonviolent crimes during their victimization may have their arrest and conviction records sealed and destroyed under a bill approved June 21 in Assembly Public Safety on a 6-0 vote.

Assembly panel clears Block bill requiring CSU and community college job candidates to reveal sexual harassment past

June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO—California’s Assembly Higher Education Committee recently approved a measure to require California State University (CSU) and community college academic or administrative job applicants to disclose whether any final administrative or judicial action found them guilty of sexual harassment in previous employment.

Senate approves Block bill requiring CSU, community college job candidates to reveal sexual harassment past

June 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO—California’s state senate today approved a measure to require California State University (CSU) and community college academic or administrative job applicants to disclose whether any final administrative or judicial action found them guilty of sexual harassment.

State Senate approves Block measure to ban smoking at state parks and beaches

May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California’s state senate today approved SB 1333 which would ban smoking or disposal of tobacco products at a state owned or operated beach or park.

“We have an obligation to value and preserve our environmental treasures,” said Sen. Marty Block, the measure’s author. “SB 1333 will help to keep our state parks and beaches clean and safe by removing exposure to second hand smoke and in reducing the threat of park fires.”

Sen. Block bill requiring volunteer service by law students earns approval by Senate Judiciary committee

April 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The state Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a measure requiring law students to perform 50 hours of pro bono service related to the legal profession before taking California’s bar exam.

Bill targeting persons threatening schools, events, community approved unanimously in Senate committee

April 06, 2016

SACRAMENTO—A bill to ensure that criminal threats against locations such as a school campus or an event are treated the same as threats against specific individuals today passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 7-0, unanimous and bipartisan vote.

 

State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) said his bill, SB 821, would help fill a gap in the Penal Code to extend prosecution against those threatening to inflict harm on any community, even when a particular person is not named in the threat.

 

Legislative Jewish Caucus supports AB 2844 to protect California’s strategic partnerships with Israel: Calls BDS attempts misguided and unconscionable

April 05, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) today announced that the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, which he chairs, will support a measure to ban state contracts with any company participating in a boycott of Israel.

 

Statement from Senator Marty Block on His Decision Not to Run for Reelection

January 28, 2016

 

SACRAMENTO—State Senator Marty Block today released the following statement following his announcement that he would not seek re-election:

 

Block’s Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

January 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO- The Governor’s State of State was a good inventory of how far we’ve come on budget, education, climate change, and programs for the poor. 

As Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance for the past 3 years, we have made much needed investments in K-12 education. As the Governor emphasized, we have experienced a 51% increase in education funding, moving California from the back of the pack, and renewing the emphasis on the local control of schools and community colleges. 

Sen. Block secures $6 million for baccalaureate pilot program

December 03, 2015

SAN DIEGO – State Senator Marty Block (D-39) announced today that $6 million has been secured to assist with the start-up costs for California’s historic Baccalaureate Pilot Program.  The funding will support the establishment of one new bachelor’s degree program at 15 California community colleges.