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District attorneys urge passage of bills adding new enforcement tools against human trafficking

August 11, 2014

SACRAMENTO – District attorneys from San Diego and Riverside counties today urged passage of two bills in the fight against human trafficking (HT). The measures – SB 473 and SB 939 – authored by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) would elevate the crime of human trafficking to the same level as other gang offenses and sex crimes. Both are subject to a final vote by the Legislature this week.

Beach safety, recreation, economy take center stage at event urging passage of rapid beach water testing

August 01, 2014

Area officials, environmentalists and business leaders today urged passage of  legislation by Senator Marty Block (SD-39) permitting county public health officials to use an “early alert” test that would allow same day test results of beach water quality.

California Legislative Jewish Caucus Condemns Hamas Terrorist Aggression and Supports Israel’s Right to Self-Defense; Calls on US to Facilitate Cessation of Hostilities

July 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing the many ties that inexorably bind the state of California to the nation of Israel, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus issues the following statement today:

“We stand with Israel.

“The California Legislative Jewish Caucus extends our solidarity and support for the people of Israel. We pray for their safety during these difficult times.

“We condemn the actions of Hamas; a U.S. designated terrorist organization, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel.

Block: Imperfect state budget honors priorities for children and state’s future

June 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Marty Block today issued the following statement upon passage of California’s 2014-15 budget:

“California has approved its fourth consecutive and on-time and balanced budget. At $108 billion, it is a stronger state spending plan than we have seen in recent years. It continues our reinvestment in K-12 education that is so important to California’s future. We were able to reinvest in early childhood learning, career education, disabled student services and our higher education system.

Block measure allowing community colleges to offer four year degrees clears Senate Education Committee; SB 850 has 10 Democratic and Republican co-authors

April 24, 2014

A bill aimed at closing California’s job skills gap by allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees where a local workforce need can be documented was approved today in the Senate Education Committee on an 8-0 bipartisan vote.

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