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Senate sends bill protecting voting rights for individuals under conservatorship to governor

September 01, 2015

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.

State budget includes reinvestment in higher education outlined in Block’s bill, SB 15: Budget trailer bill SB 81 approved on unanimous, bipartisan vote of 40-0

June 19, 2015

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.

2015-16 budget opens doors of opportunity for thousands of California students: State leadership proposes largest CSU increase in more than a decade

June 16, 2015

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.

Senate approves bill on a 35-0 bipartisan vote to help students complete 4-year degree in four years

June 02, 2015

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.  

On a bipartisan vote state senate approves Block measure to ensure right to vote by people with disabilities

May 22, 2015

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.

Block on May Revise: To help our students and grow our economy we must invest in a more efficient CSU

May 14, 2015

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.  

Measure reinvesting in California’s higher education system approved unanimously in Senate committee

April 08, 2015

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.

Legislature approves Sen. Block resolution honoring 100th Anniversary of U.S. Navy Reserve

February 26, 2015

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, community leaders urge immediate removal of swastika display in Sacramento’s River Park community

February 26, 2015

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:

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