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Senate Bill 1 Approved by Transportation Committee

February 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1, an urgency bill to kick-start billions of dollars in long overdue street and highway repairs, was approved today on a 8-3 vote by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

“This is a first step toward making our roads safer, improving our quality of life and giving a much needed boost to our economy,’’ said Senator Jim Beall, who oversees the committee. “With much of our road and bridge infrastructure past its expected lifespan, rehab and maintenance costs for both the state system and local streets and roads are skyrocketing. 

Sen. Beall's Reaction to the State of the State Address

January 24, 2017

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

“Fixing our transportation infrastructure is a high priority and I agree with Gov. Brown that California is ready to work with the new administration if it is earnest in preserving and expanding our transportation infrastructure. Investing in our infrastructure will create jobs that can boost our economy.

Senator Beall's Reaction to Gov. Brown’s Proposed Transportation Budget

January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding Gov. Brown’s proposed state budget for 2017-2018:

Beall Helps Bring $4.9 Million to Santa Clara County

December 13, 2016

SAN JOSE – In agreements brokered by Sen. Jim Beall, the state will give Santa Clara County up to $4.9 million to help resolve two long-standing problems plaguing the community -- highway blight and the high unemployment rate for people released on probation.

Beall Introduces New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Bill, SB 1

December 05, 2016

Legislation that would rejuvenate California’s aging transportation infrastructure while sustaining over 550,000 jobs was introduced today by Senator Jim Beall.

“Without action soon, our crumbling roads will severely affect California’s economy,’’ said Beall, the immediate past chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. “Long commutes affect the hiring and retention of employees, forcing more workers to leave the state. 

Beall Introduces New Transportation Infrastructure Maintenance Bill

December 05, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation that would rejuvenate California’s aging transportation infrastructure while sustaining over 550,000 jobs was introduced today by Senator Jim Beall.

Senator Beall's Comments on the Closing of the Transportation Special Session

November 23, 2016

CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the closing of the 1st Extraordinary Session:

It's Official: $20 Million Grant for BART Extension Approved

October 20, 2016

SAN JOSE – A $20 million grant to begin the final leg of the BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension was ratified today by the California Transportation Commission, bringing the day when BART cars roll through San Jose to Santa Clara a step closer.

“This makes it official: The BART extension project will now receive the seed money it needs to begin the necessary planning and the relocation utility lines,’’ said Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who serves as the chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee. “The grant is the impetus we need to get this project going.’’

Gov. Brown Signs Sen. Beall's Bill to Stop Over-medication of Foster Care Youth

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Legislation by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, calling for expanded oversight of crucial mental health services for foster care children was signed into law today by Gov. Brown.

NAMI California Names Beall as Legislator of the Year

August 27, 2016

BURLINGAME -- Senator Jim Beall was honored today as Legislator of the Year by National Alliance of Mental Illness California at its annual conference. 


Beall, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health, was commended by NAMI California for his work to improve mental illness response training provided to law enforcement and for working to bolster mental health parity.