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September 30, 2010
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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
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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
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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.

August 31, 2010
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AB 12 Moves To The Governor's Desk

Assembly Bill 12, landmark legislation to extend foster care benefits to age 21 was approved Tuesday night by the Legislature, overcoming its last hurdle to the Governor’s office.

“This is a break-through day for California’s foster kids,’’ said Assembly Member Jim Beall, who introduced Assembly Bill 12, which drew bipartisan support.

August 26, 2010
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A bill that streamlines the confusing transfer process from community colleges to a bachelor’s degree and also confers an associate’s degree to transfer students cleared the state Senate on Wednesday and now advances to the Governor’s office.

SB 1440, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, is the outgrowth of AB 440, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall that was killed last year in the Senate Education Committee.

August 26, 2010
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UCLA Study Indicates 5 million Californians Need Mental Health Support

Assembly Bill 1600, a cost-saving mental health and substance abuse parity bill that will make treatment affordable for millions of Californians, was approved Thursday by the Legislature.

The bill -- introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall -- now goes to the Governor’s office.

June 01, 2010
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AB 1600 Advances to the State Senate for Consideration

Legislation authored by Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. to require health insurers to cover treatment of mental health disorders and addictions equal to the coverage they provide for physical illnesses and injuries passed the Assembly today on a vote of 50 ayes, 26 noes, and four not voting.

April 29, 2010
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Jimmy Wayne, a former foster care youth who rose to become a country music star, will be the honored guest of Assemblymember Jim Beall on Monday in observance of May as National Foster Care Month.

February 17, 2010
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Anti-Hunger Agencies Hail Beall's Work to Fight Hunger

Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr., was named today as the legislator recipient of the 2010 “Stampy Award,’’ an honor bestowed by advocates, individuals, and legislative staff statewide who are dedicated to fighting hunger.

February 04, 2010
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Assemblymember Jim Beall praised recording star Jimmy Wayne's "Meet Me Halfway" campaign for casting a national spotlight on the plight of homeless foster care youth.