In the News

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.

May 23, 2014


The most rewarding aspect of my work in Sacramento is finding ways to help my district -- improving its transportation and health systems or by saving taxpayers' dollars.

May 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – As the Legislature considers Cap and Trade proposals, Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate budget subcommittee responsible for reviewing those ideas, said he believes funding rail and transit projects in urban areas offer the best solution for reducing greenhouse gases.

April 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO --  Audrie’s Law, a proposal to strengthen sanctions against sexual assaults and cyberbullying, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Public Safety Committee. Senate Bill 838, introduced by Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, was approved on a bi-partisan 5-0 vote.

April 21, 2014


If you have a state-related issue or problem, you can speak to me one-on-one over a cup of coffee on April 25, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Le Boulanger, 1351 Lincoln Ave., in San Jose's Willow Glen district. The meetings are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


March 21, 2014

Audrie's Law