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.

Sen. Block bill protecting voting rights for individuals under conservatorship to become law

October 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 589 which would protect voting rights for people under conservatorship was signed today by the governor.

Senator Marty Block (D-39), who authored the bill, said that under his legislation people under conservatorship would be presumed competent to vote. “I am especially happy that the governor signed SB 589 in a year marked by the 50th anniversary of so many historic civil rights victories,” Block said.

Sen. Block’s urging nets PUC solar industry hearing in San Diego on new tariff affecting thousands of regional consumers, employees

October 09, 2015

SAN DIEGO – Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) today announced that the California Public Utilities Commission will conduct a public participation hearing in San Diego following his urging for a local discussion of a new solar tariff with potentially significant damaging impact on local consumers, solar companies and their employees.   

Governor signs Sen. Block bill to increase water collection, flood prevention

October 09, 2015

SACRAMENTO –The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will work to improve flood protection and water reliability by gaining more knowledge of atmospheric rivers (ARs), a little-researched weather phenomenon that supplies 30 to 50 percent of California’s precipitation under SB 758 which was signed today by the governor.

Sen. Block urges PUC to end uncertainty to solar industry as deadline nears; 3,000 local jobs, climate goals at stake

September 25, 2015

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.