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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).

Block bill requiring volunteer service hours for California law students heads to governor

August 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO –A bill requiring law students to complete 50 hours of supervised volunteer or pro bono service before taking the bar exam will go the governor after the state senate voted late Monday to approve changes made in the Assembly.

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.”