SAN DIEGO – Senator Marty Block today urged the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to provide certainty to the solar industry and its customers regarding changes to net energy metering (NEM) rates in a letter to PUC President Michael Picker.
SACRAMENTO – State Senator Marty Block (D-39) announced today that under Senate Bill 107, the City of San Diego will receive at least $65 million as a repayment owed from a loan to its former local redevelopment agency which was made with funds from the city’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant funds.
Block, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, withheld his vote on earlier versions of the bill that would have hurt San Diego. In response, the Department of Finance made significant concessions.
SACRAMENTO – State senators sent legislation late Tuesday to the governor which would require the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to improve flood protection and water reliability by gaining more knowledge of little-researched atmospheric rivers (ARs) that supply 30 to 50 percent of California’s precipitation and water supply.
SACRAMENTO – A bill to grant seniors the same protections as domestic violence and stalking victims was approved Tuesday evening by the governor.
SACRAMENTO – California’s state Senate today voted 27-11 to approve SB 589 which would protect voting rights for people under conservatorship.
Senator Marty Block, who authored the bill, said that under his legislation people under conservatorship would be presumed competent to vote. Courts could void the right to vote if clear and convincing evidence is presented that the conservatee is incapable of expressing a desire to vote with reasonable accommodations.
SACRAMENTO – State senators today unanimously approved a budget trailer bill vote that will provide funding to enact major provisions of SB 15, a measure by Senator Marty Block and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to improve higher education access and affordability. The trailer bill, SB 81, will also assist California’s higher education systems to provide the support undergraduate students need to graduate in four years.
State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) today issued the following statement regarding the state leadership’s budget action relating to the California State University (CSU) system:
“When one fully qualified California high school graduate or community college transfer finds the doors to California public higher education closed, it is a tragedy for that student and their family. When thousands of qualified Californians have doors leading to brighter futures slammed in their faces, it is an immense tragedy for the state of California.
SACRAMENTO – State senators today overwhelmingly approved on a 35-0 bipartisan vote SB 15, by Senator Marty Block and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to improve higher education access and affordability, and undergraduate degree completion in four years.
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.