Press Releases

August 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Furnishing local governments with a new way to pay for improving and expanding their infrastructure, the Legislature today approved Senator Jim Beall’s SB 628. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration

“This bill will help local jurisdictions finance transportation projects and transit-oriented development,’’ Beall said. “The cost of maintaining or building much-needed transportation projects is estimated to be over $500 billion over the next decade for the entire state. 

August 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO – By a 36-0 concurrence vote on Tuesday night, the Senate approved Audrie’s Law, legislation that opens the doors to juvenile court hearings on sex assaults and mandates rehabilitative treatment for offenders.

August 25, 2014


August 04, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Health insurers that defy mental health parity laws will be subject to fines of up to $2,500 a day by the Department of Insurance under a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Beall that was approved Monday by the Legislature. Senate Bill 1046 now advances to the Governor’s desk.

“The benefits of mental health parity will be hollow unless we act to enforce it,’’ said Beall, who chairs the Senate Mental Health Caucus. “SB 1046 puts consumers’ rights, first. It puts health insurers on the alert that they must live up to the law or face fines.’’

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Audrie’s Law cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee today after Sen. Jim Beall reached a compromise with committee members by removing a proposal for a two-year mandatory minimum sentence and replacing it with a requirement for stricter mandatory rehabilitative treatment program for juvenile sex offenders.

June 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Audrie’s Law, a proposal requiring mandatory sentencing for juveniles convicted of sexual assaulting unconscious or developmentally disabled victims, will face an uphill battle before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, June 17, 9 a.m.

May 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO – More than 120 years ago, Hong Yen Chang – a Columbia Law School graduate and a member of the New York state bar – moved to California, hoping to serve San Francisco’s Chinese community as an attorney. But he was denied admission into the State Bar of California solely because of his race.

To rectify this long-standing injustice, the Senate today unanimously passed SR 46, introduced by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, urging the State Bar of California to recommend to the California State Supreme Court that Mr. Chang be granted a posthumous law license.

May 24, 2014

SAN JOSE -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, released the following statement on the death of John Vasconcellos, who served 30 years in the State Assembly and eight years in the State Senate representing the people of Santa Clara County:

“In many ways, John Vasoncellos acted as the social conscience of the California Legislature for nearly 40 years. He was an outspoken advocate for children and the disadvantaged. He was a warrior for social justice.