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Governor signs Block bill requiring greater consumer transparency for non-ABA accredited law schools

July 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association would be required to post more information about tuition costs, class sizes, number of faculty, bar passage rate and employment outcomes for their students under a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) and approved today by the governor.

“SB 1281 is an important consumer bill that will help students better understand the quality and the possible long term impact of their law school choice,” Block said.

Assembly panel approves 50 volunteer service hours as requirement for California law students

June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Law students would need to complete 50 hours of volunteer or pro bono service before taking the bar exam under a bill approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a 6 to 3 vote.

“My bill, SB 1257, helps law students gain valuable hands-on experience and offer supervised assistance to their communities while in law school,” said Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego). “In addition, this exposure to the representation of low-income clients might also attract more new attorneys to practice in high need, but relatively low-paid fields of law.”

Smoking at state beaches and parks on way to becoming history as Block bill moves forward

June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO –A bill that would ban smoking or disposal of tobacco products at a state owned or operated beach or park was approved today by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on a nine to five vote.

Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) said his bill, SB 1333, would help California fulfill its obligation to preserve the state’s environmental treasures. “SB 1333 will make our state parks and beaches cleaner and safer by reducing cigarette and tobacco litter, curtailing exposure to second hand smoke and limiting the threat of park fires.”

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.