Legislation

Bills Introduced This Legislative Year by Senator Jim Beall
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SB 142 -- Requires courts to consider a defendant’s history of mental illness during sentencing decisions. Savings in incarceration costs will be used by counties to provide mental health services.

SB 215 -- Gives trial courts the discretion to order treatment for people with mental illness who are accused of committing a minor offense instead of jail, avoiding the unnecessary costs of trial and incarceration.

SB 818 -- Restores lapsed provisions of the Homeowner's Bill of Rights, continuing important mortgage and foreclosure protections that borrowers have relied on since 2012 to save their homes.

SB 825 -- Creates an enhanced pre-apprenticeship program in state prisons in partnership with the State Building and Construction Trade Council, paving the way for stable employment of former inmates post release and their successful transition back to the communities.

Upcoming Bills Under Preparation:

Flood Safety Projects -- Speeds up the permitting process for flood-related projects to increase safety by improving preparation against natural disasters.

Cal Grant Access for Foster Youth -- Improves transfer and college graduation rates for foster youth by extending the Cal Grant application deadline beyond the freshman year, allowing more opportunities for youth to apply and receive grants that support their ability to stay in college and earn their degree.

Charter Schools -- Permits school boards to keep their districts in strong financial standing by allowing them to weigh fiscal impacts in the charter school approval process.

Transparency for Water Advice Letters -- Electric, gas, and telecommunication advice letters are kept online for public review after they are approved or rejected, and this legislation will require the same transparency for water advice letters.

 Foster Youth Casework -- Requires a foster child to have a court-appointed special advocate present at child and family team meetings to protect the child’s best interests.

Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees (ISMIP) -- Lowers the risk of re-offending by stabilizing the lives of parolees with mental illnesses by ensuring transitional housing is included through an existing state program that provides them with health care services.

Housing for Foster Youth in Higher Education  -- Prevents homelessness among foster youths in college by making campus housing available to them during winter and summer breaks.
 

Legislation Introduced in 2017

SB 1 – A robust transportation finance proposal that eliminates more than $132 billion in deferred street, highway, and bridge repairs. The bill adjusts an obsolete revenue system to maintain a transportation network that can meet California’s needs in the 21st century.

SB 3 - A $3 billion housing bond proposal to increase California's affordable housing. The legislation can leverage an additional $11 billion in federal funding to direct into existing and successful, state housing programs such as Multifamily Housing; CalHome; Joe Serna Farmworker Housing; Local Housing Trust Fund Matching Grant; Transit-Oriented Development; Building Equity and Growth in Neighborhoods; and Infill Infrastructure Financing.

SB 8Gives trial courts the discretion to order treatment for people with mental illness who are accused of committing a minor offense instead of jail, avoiding the unnecessary costs of trial and incarceration.

 SB 12  -- Increases the college enrollment of foster youth by directing county child welfare agencies to assign a staffer to assist the student through the financial aid application process. The bill authorizes the California Community College system to double existing on-campus-based support programs from the 10 districts to 20.

SB 142 -- Requires courts to consider a defendant’s history of mental illness during sentencing decisions. Savings in incarceration costs will be used by counties to provide mental health services.

 SB 143Ensures fair treatment for inmates in state hospitals who should be eligible for re-sentencing under Propositions 36 and 47. The bill allows the state hospital inmate to seek a re-sentencing hearing if he/she meets critieria including conviction not deemed a serious or violent felony and is determined not to be a danger to himself or others. Incarcerating people with mental health disorders costs more than twice as much as providing community-based residential treatment.

 SB 191 -- Helps local youth get the necessary mental health and substance abuse services they need through early identification and a multi-tiered system of supports. The bill creates demonstration partnerships between School Districts and County Mental Health Plans to provide universal mental health and substance use assessments and services to K-12 students.

 SB 192 -- Channels unspent funds from the Mental Health Services Act to local mental health programs and services with established records in improving the lives of people with mental illnesses.

 SB 215 -- Provides inmates free and confidential access to outside victim advocate hotlines for emotional support services related to sexual abuse, domestic violence, suicide prevention, and other mental health crises. Also furnishes inmates with an additional avenue to report allegations of sexual assault and abuse.

 SB 233 –  Closes a gap in the coordination of education services for foster children by allowing caregivers access to school records, enabling them to be informed of the child’s academic progress in order to better support the foster child’s day-to-day educational needs.

 SB 492Enables the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to acquire 6,500 acres in the Upper Guadalupe, Los Gatos Creek, and Saratoga Watersheds to protect ecologically sensitive lands, safeguard 1,000 acres of redwood forest from logging, and link several trail systems to allow the public access to spectacular scenery from Santa Clara County to the sea.

 SB 519 -- Amends the Santa Clara Valley Water District Act to ensure fair representation on the District Board and clean waterways in Santa Clara County.  The bill requires a district vacancy on the Board to be filled by a person who lives within the boundaries of the affected district.  It also clarifies the District’s authority to mitigate the impacts of camping, construction, and waste disposal on waterways.  This includes reducing increasing amounts of waste from homeless encampments by partnering with social services and homeless advocacy organizations to assist homeless populations living along waterways

 SB 755Protects children under 15 who have been sexually abused from prolonged psychological examinations during the course of civil court litigation. The bill sets a three-hour time limit to prevent unnecessarily long and traumatic examinations by the defendant’s paid mental health examiners.

 

Legislation Introduced in 2016

SB 824 -- Modifies the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program to let public transit agencies pool funding allocations with other agencies, rollover monies from year to year to finance projects, and more.

SB 873 -- Expands California's ability to increase the construction of affordable housing units.

SB 879 -- Generates construction of thousands of homes and apartments priced within the reach of families and to create housing for homeless people through a $3 billion Affordable Housing Bond.

SB 884 -- Requires school districts and the California Department of Education to document the services and funding provided to students and their effectiveness and report their outcomes to the Legislature. The bill is an outgrowth of a state audit that cited a lack of state tracking and analysis of special education students’ graduation and drop-out rates as key factors for being unable to determine whether students received the services they are entitled to under the law.

SB 906 -- Makes permanent a temporary policy that allows priority registration at community colleges and state universities for students with disabilities, foster youth, and lower-income students.

SB 909 -- This bill would provide that a claimant for property tax postponement also includes a special needs trust claimant, defined as a special needs trust of which the primary beneficiary is an individual who meets the above-described criteria. The bill would also make various technical and conforming changes.

SB 944 -- Housing Omnibus Bill

SB 955 -- Establishes a process for state hospital patients who are terminally ill or permanently incapacitated to be discharged from their commitment. Eligibility requirements include Department of State Hospitals to certify the patients does not pose a threat to public safety.

SB 1013 -- This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would expand mentally ill parolees’ access to supportive housing.

SB 1066 -- This bill would require the fund estimates prepared by the department and the commission to identify and include federal funds derived from apportionments made to the state under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015.

SB 1113 -- This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to mental health services in schools that would require counties to enter into agreements with special education local plan areas to allow access to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) funding through the county mental health programs by providing EPSDT mental health services.

SB 1226 -- This bill adjusts fiscal audit requirements for vendors working with the developmentally disabled.

SB 1291 -- Improves the delivery, accountability, and coordination of mandated mental health services provided by school districts to eligible students.

SBX1 1 -- Finances long-delayed repairs required to prevent severe damage to state and local roads, bridges, and trade corridors. Adjusts the state's obsolete road-maintenance funding streams to ensure every driver contributes their fair share toward maintenance. Increases funding for mass transit and shifts existing weight fees to their original purpose, road upkeep.

SCR 98 -- Honoring the 50th Anniversary of California's community-based developmental services system.

 

Legislation Introduced in 2015

SB 9: Shortens construction time and saves money for mass transit projects, such as BART to San Jose. SB 9 authorizes multi-year funding grants under the Cap and Trade program for large, innovative mass transit projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill ends the repetitive practice of long-term projects submitting funding requests, along with engineering plans, in phases. It also guarantees approved projects funding over multiple years for developmental work.

SB 11 and SB 29: Increases safety for the public and police by improving officers' mental health training.
These bills increase behavioral health and mental health training for police officers in order to better manage and help people with mental illnesses. The bills also require training to be culturally appropriate.

SB 11 requires at least 15 hours of behavioral health instruction at academies for new recruits who are training to become police officers and requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop a mental health continuing education course for current police officers. The current standard is six hours.

SB 29 requires police officers in supervisory roles who conduct field training to receive at least 12 hours of behavioral health training including eight hours of crisis intervention instruction and additional four hours in the Field Training Officer program.

Both bills were approved by the Legislature; signed into law by the Governor.

SB 236: Provides the City of San Jose with new options to stop crime on Communications Hill.
The bill removes the Communications Hill's status as a 24-hour sidewalk, freeing San Jose to institute a curfew - if it so chooses - to stop late night nuisances such as drinking, loitering, littering, and lewd activity.

SB 319 and 484: Foster care youth psychotropic overmedication.

SB 319 authorizes public health nurses to monitor the administration of psychotropic drugs to foster children. The bill clarifies that a child's caseworker may use the expertise of the Public Health Nurse to consult and collaborate to ensure that the child's physical, mental, dental, and developmental needs are met and that Public Health Nurses have access to the child's medical and mental health information.

SB 484 detects foster care group homes that overmedicate. The bill identifies group homes suspected of inappropriately using psychotropic medications and gives authority to push the group home to adopt alternative, less invasive treatment approaches.

Both bills were approved by the Legislature; signed into law by the Governor.

SB 326: Keeps air ambulances solvent to answer medical emergencies.
The bill preserves $11 million in matching federal funds for emergency air ambulance services by extending the sunset date of an existing fee on traffic fines. It also extends the fee's sunset date until 2018.

SB 410: Fairness for vocational schools serving low-income students.
This legislation allows the Center for Employment and Training in San Jose to receive an estimated $300,000 annually in federal and state employment and training funds by changing the legal definition of "graduate" to include all students who graduate regardless of how long it takes them to complete their coursework.

The bill ends the unfair penalization of post-secondary and vocational schools that serve low-income students who face economic impediments that can hinder them from graduating in a timely manner.

SB 508: Gives transit operators flexibility to better serve transit riders.
The bill amends the current definition of fare box receipts and efficiency requirements for mass transit operators to remain eligible for federal and state funding. The bill eliminates liability insurance premiums, fuel costs, and other factors beyond the control of transit agencies as part of the definition of operating costs. The bill increases funding predictability for local transit systems.

SB 513: Improves state air quality program to include new technologies and ability to secure additional funding.
The bill reduces air pollution by updating the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program and local AB 923 incentive funding programs to take into account new regulations and new emission reduction technologies. The changes increased opportunities for projects such as school buses, trucks certified to lower emission standards, and fueling/charging infrastructure while promoting renewable fuel, hybrid, battery electric, fuel cell and fuel efficiency improvement projects.

 

Bills introduced by Senator Beall in 2014

SJR 18 – A Senate resolution urging Congress to renew an extension of unemployment benefits.

SR 46 -- A Senate resolution urging the State Bar of California to grant a posthumous law license to Hong Yen Chang, who was denied admission to the bar in 1890 ostensibly because of his race.

SB 216 -- Changes the Department of Human Resources’s salary structure for managerial and supervisorial employees to ensure retention and stability.

SB 628 -- A new alternative and publicly transparent way for local governments to fund transportation projects and other infrastructure needs.

SB 838 / Audrie’s Law – Ends a double standard in the law that punishes sexual assaults against people who are unconscious or developmentally disabled more lightly than if the victim had resisted the attack. The bill would also include sanctions for cyberbullying.

SB 924-- Reforms the civil statute of limitations by allowing victims of child sex abuse more time to seek restitution for cases of abuse occurring on Jan. 1, 2015, and thereafter.

SB 926 – Reforms the statute of limitation for by raising the age to 40 from 28 years at which an adult survivor of childhood sex abuse can seek prosecution of his or her assailant.

SB 979 – Clarifies that the fact-finding process can be invoked during impasse on a public employee organization bargaining issue within the scope of representation.

SB 1045 -- Increases access to outpatient drug-free counseling by removing Drug Medi-Cal Program billing barriers for counties.

SB 1046 – Strengthens the Department of Insurance’s enforcement authority for non-compliance with the Mental Health Parity Act.

SB 1067 – Requires all new school sites acquired by a school district or charter school to have at least two points of entry and exit as a public safety precaution.

SB 1068 – Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to report on the feasibility of creating an independent accreditation agency for community colleges and other 2-year private postsecondary educational institutions.

SB 1071- Ensures uniforms workplace rights for excluded employees who work under a bargaining unit contract.

SB 1268 -- Increases the Cap and Trade program’s effectiveness to reduce greenhouse gases by exploiting nature’s ability to cleanse the air. Establishes the Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program to rank, coordinate, develop, and carry out projects to reduce greenhouse gases through better management of natural resources – such as preserving, protecting, and restoring our wetlands and forests or planting more trees in urban settings to filter carbon dioxide.

SB 1269 – Eliminates profiteering by some unscrupulous hospitals that do not officially notify patients kept in observation areas – such as hallways -- that they have been admitted and subject to admit costs without the benefit of nurse-to-patient ratio standards.

 

Bills introduced by Senator Beall in 2013:

SB 22 – Mental Health Parity.

SB 111 -- Legislation making it easier for people with disabilities to register to vote over the state’s online system by using an approved and certified signature stamp.

SB 131 -- A proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations for victims of child molestation to file lawsuits against their abusers.

SB 156 – Legislation to strengthen protections against exorbitant conservatorship fees.

SB 172 -- This bill would make a technical change by extending the earliest implementation date for the IHSS provider tax and supplementary payment provisions from January 1, 2012, to July 1, 2012.

SB 215 -- Public employees' retirement.

SB 216 -- County employees' retirement.

SB 217 -- Public Employees' Retirement System.

SB 220 -- Retirement: state employees.

SB 277 -- State Peace Officers' and Firefighters' Defined Contribution.

SB 320 -- Health care coverage: acquired brain injury.

SB 326 - Requires school officials to notify parents when a registered sex offender is granted permission to be on campus.

SB 346 -- Public Social Services Programs: records.

SB 347 -- Youth shelters: funding.

SB 355 -- Conservation: tax credits.

SB 625 -- Child welfare: racial and ethnic disparities.

SB 626 -- Workers' compensation.

SB 628 -- Infrastructure financing.

SB 629 -- Tax equity allocation formula: County of Santa Clara.

SB 631 -- Health care.

 

Here is a list of previous bills introduced by Senator Beall:

AB 57 - Adds one additional seat each for San Jose and Oakland to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to acknowledge their tremendous growth in population and jobs over the past 40 years; gives both cities an equivalent voice to San Francisco's in the funding of Bay Area highway and mass transit projects.

AB 154 - Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity. Requires health insurers to cover mental disorders and addictions equivalent to the coverage already provided for physical illnesses and injuries. Protects consumers from being denied treatment and halts the trend of insurance companies shifting their costs to hospitals and counties.

AB 171 - Improves access to occupational, physical, and speech therapies through health coverage for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

AB 1441 - Grants a tax credit for middle-income earners for college-related expenses up to $500 per taxable year and limited to an aggregate of $2,000 per student. Applies to individual earners or households making $80,001 to $140,000 annually. The credit is restricted to students enrolled in community colleges and University of California and California State University campuses.

AB 1816 - Creates a "patent box,'' allowing businesses a tax credit on qualifying profits from the sale of newly patented products. To obtain the credit, the research and development for the patent occur at a University of California campus, and the product must be patented and manufactured in California. The bill's would encourage the commercialization of research and development in California and promote jobs. (Joint author)

SB 708 - Extends basic mortgage protections for another five years. Continues requirement that lenders contact homeowners to discuss options to avoid foreclosure at least 30 days prior to mailing a notice of default. (Principal co-author)

AB 12 (2007) - Establishes a voluntary program for small businesses to offer an affordable health coverage for low-income employees.

AB 12 (2010) - Extends benefits for foster care youth from age 18 to 21 to improve educational attainment and create more productive lives while reducing rates of homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse.

AB 69 - Allows counties to identify needy seniors though the Social Security Administration's benefits database to enroll them for CalFresh benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, and puts more nutritional food on their tables.

SB 946 - Makes private health insurers responsible for providing coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder therapies and treatments. (Assemblymember Beall acted as principal co-author.)