Press Releases

July 26, 2011

Assembly Bill 159, legislation that preserves foster family agencies during an era of budget deficits and cuts, was signed into law by Gov. Brown. The bill goes into effect on Jan. 1.

"I'm very pleased Governor Brown shares my commitment to do everything possible in these difficult times to protect our foster children," said Assemblymember Jim Beall, who introduced the bill on Jan. 19.

May 26, 2011

Beall's bill sdds one seat each for Santa Clara and Alameda Counties

Assembly Bill 57, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall to create a balanced and equitable representation on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, was approved today on a 71-5 vote in the Assembly. The bill now moves to the Senate.

AB 57 updates the number of MTC members from 19 to 21, adding one more representative each for Santa Clara and Alameda to give them a total of three delegates each, equaling the number of San Francisco-based voting representatives.

January 20, 2011
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Legislation requiring private health insurers to help pay for critical services and programs for children and adults with autism and related disorders was introduced today by Assembly Member Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

Assembly Bill 171 not only ensures more Californians with autism and related disorders will receive the services they need but it also saves taxpayer dollars by stopping insurers from continuing to shift their costs onto public agencies.

December 06, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. introduced legislation Monday to revitalize districts surrounding high-speed rail areas by promoting residential and retail development that generate jobs and discourage urban sprawl.

November 17, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
Assemblymember Jim Beall had Introduced Legislation to Ban the Drinks Statewide

Declaring the mixture of caffeine and alcohol was unsafe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took its first steps Wednesday to stop the sale of packaged caffeinated alcoholic drinks.

October 29, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Proposed legislation introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall to give small businesses greater protection from retroactive billing by utilities but later vetoed by the Governor has led the California Public Utilities Commission to change its back-billing rules.

October 27, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
Beall Works at Local Level to Help Over 1,270 Children in Santa Clara County Stay Safe in Child Care

SAN JOSE -- FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, responding to pleas from legislators, has agreed to step into the breach created by the Governor’s cuts to the Stage III CalWorks program and loan up to $3 million to keep afloat childcare subsides that enable local working parents to stay on their jobs and get off welfare.

September 30, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
AB 12, Authored By Beall , Extends Foster Care Benefits To 21

Legislation to extend benefits for youths in the foster care system from age 18 to 21 was signed today by the Governor.

“California has made a clear statement today: The lives of our foster care kids are important to all of us and we have a moral obligation to help them succeed,’’ said Assemblymember Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who introduced Assembly Bill 12.

September 27, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Legislation designed to enhance safeguards preventing unstable people from obtaining firearms was signed into law today by the Governor.

AB 302, introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall, requires mental health facilities to notify the state Department of Justice by electronic means when patients are admitted, a process designed to end delays in updating the department’s records – data referenced for firearm purchases.

September 20, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

More than 5 million Californians go hungry or live in fear of not having enough to eat. In Santa Clara County, 120,000 people qualify for Food Stamps, yet only half participate in the program – receiving the equivalent of only $4.50 a day to spend for food.