Press Releases

January 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Jim Beall, whose district includes some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, will be honored by TechAmerica this evening for his leadership on technology issues at the State Legislature.

Beall is one of five legislators who have been recognized as “California Tech Champions’’ for 2014 by TechAmerica which serves as the public sector and public advocacy department for the Computing Technology Industry Association, a non-profit trade group comprised of thousands of members in the information communications and technology industry.

January 12, 2015

Senator Jim Beall invites high school seniors, parents, and guardians in Senate District 15 to Cash for College Workshops.

“Cost must never be a barrier to college for any student who is qualified for admission,’’ Beall said, “and that’s why I am holding these workshops. California’s colleges are the gateway to opportunity for our sons and daughters, let’s make it accessible and affordable for them.’’

January 05, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding Gov. Brown’s inagural address:

December 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the new legislative session, Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, introduced bills to increase funding for freeway maintenance and litter removal, and bolster police training to increase officer safety while dealing with people with mental health illnesses.

SB 11, a spot bill undergoing preparation for legislative language, focuses on adding more hours to the training of police recruits that will help them defuse potentially volatile encounters with people with mental health disorders.

December 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall, who has played instrumental roles in funding Highway 85 and extending BART to San Jose, was appointed chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today.

September 09, 2013

SACRAMENTO –  Governor Brown signed today Senate Bill 326, a law introduced by Senator Jim Beall to stop schools from allowing registered sex offenders on campuses without notifying students’ families.

“We must always protect children,’’ Beall said, “and part of that process is letting parents know if sex offenders have been granted access to school grounds.  This bill closes a loophole in the law that actually gave school administrators the unilateral authority to let a registered sex offender participate in events on campus with kids without informing anyone.’’

June 20, 2014

CAMPBELL – The $108 billion spending budget approved by the Governor today contains landmark funding for the enforcement of mental health parity regulations and a new guarantee that mass public transit projects, such as BART to San Jose, will now receive a 10 percent slice of Cap and Trade revenue – two major budget policies that were shaped by Senator Jim Beall.

September 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 628, a new alternative for local governments to fund transportation projects and other infrastructure needs, was signed into law by Governor Brown today.

“The bill is an innovative step toward ensuring California’s crumbling infrastructure is expanded or repaired in preparation for future generations,’’ said Beall, who introduced SB 628.

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 926, legislation by Senator Jim Beall to give more time to the survivors of childhood sex abuse to press charges against their assailants, was signed into law by Gov. Brown today. The law becomes effective on Jan. 1.

The bill calls for changing California’s penal codes by increasing the deadline for victims to seek criminal charges against the person or persons who abused them. Currently, victims have until they turn age 28 to press charges. Under SB 926, the age limit is raised to 40 years.

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Audrie's Law, legislation by Senator Jim Beall that reforms juvenile sex assault statutes to provide justice for victims, was ratified today by Gov. Brown.