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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.

Military children’s education aided by Block bill signed by the governor

September 12, 2016

Children whose parents are on active duty will find school registration easier under a measure approved today by the governor and authored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego).

Under SB 1455, military parents will be able to enroll their children in school before moving to California or relocating from one part of the state to another part of the state. Block said his measure, SB 1455, removes enrollment and registration barriers in current law for military families who cannot register their children until the family resides within school district boundaries.

Block bill allowing CSU to invest in mutual funds to meet facility needs approved by governor

September 09, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State University (CSU) system will be able to invest in mutual funds and use the earnings to pay for capital improvements at its 23 campuses around the state under a measure authored by Senator Marty Block (D-Sacramento) and signed today by the governor.

Legislature approves Block bill to ban smoking at state beaches and parks

August 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO –State senators today approved a bill by State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) that would ban smoking or disposal of tobacco products at a state owned or operated beach or park.

The measure, SB 1333, will now head to the Governor.

Anti-BDS bill passes California Senate 34-1: AB 2844 prohibits California contracts with firms illegally discriminating against Israel and other sovereign nations

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO—A measure to prohibit state contracts of $100,000 or more with firms that violate the Unruh Civil Rights Act or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act or that practice any policy of discrimination in violation  of the Unruh Act or Cal FEHA against a sovereign nation or people, including Israel, was approved Wednesday by the State Senate.

Human trafficking victims eligible for ‘clean slate’ under Block bill headed to governor

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO—California’s state Senate today approved a measure which would allow human trafficking victims arrested or convicted of non-violent crimes while they were trafficked to have those charges removed from their records.

The measure, SB 823, was authored by Sen Marty Block (D-San Diego).

Block bill ends ‘Pass the Harasser’ practice in California public higher education institutions

August 24, 2016

SACRAMENTO—University of California, California State University (CSU) and community college academic or administrative job applicants will need to disclose whether any final administrative or judicial action found them guilty of sexual harassment in previous employment under a measure approved today by the state Senate and now headed to the governor.

Probation officers to get new tool to keep offenders on track under bill sent to governor

August 24, 2016

SACRAMENTO – County probation departments will be able to streamline the detention process for adult offenders charged with violating conditions of their probation under SB 266, authored by state Senator Marty Block (D-39).