Press Releases

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the $122 billion spending budget passed by the Legislature:

“The new budget, passed on time, is a sensible and responsible plan that reflects the Legislature’s priorities together with the Gov. Brown’s vision for California’s future. This budget lifts people up who have not shared in the economic recovery and also prudently sets more money aside for emergencies.

June 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Two bills by Senator Jim Beall designed to expand the ability of school districts to provide mental health services for students and strengthen state oversight of how funds for those services are spent were approved by the state Senate this week.

Senate Bill 884 was passed today on a 37-0 vote. A companion bill, SB 1113, was approved on a 39-0 vote on Tuesday. Both bills are now under consideration by the Assembly.

June 01, 2016

SACRAMENTO – With bipartisan support, Senator Jim Beall’s proposed $3 billion Affordable Housing Bond to generate thousands of homes and apartments priced within the reach of California’s families as well as house thousands of homeless individuals was approved by the Senate today by a 28-9 vote. The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

May 03, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Jim Beall’s proposed $3 billion Affordable Housing Bond, funding to help solve California’s critical housing shortage, spur job creation, and leverage federal tax incentives to increase the bond’s impact, was approved today by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee by a 9 to 1 vote.

February 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature’s approval of $300 million to shore up California’s system that provides services for people with developmentally disabilities was praised by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, a joint author of ABX2-1. But he cautioned more work needs to be done to protect the promise of the Lanterman Act.

January 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Five years after California switched the responsibility of providing mental health services in student Individualized Education Programs from county mental health departments to school districts, it is unclear whether the change has actually improved students’ educational progress.

January 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Jim Beall to expand the ability of seniors to transfer their property tax savings to a newly purchased home will be heard by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Jan. 13.

October 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 377:

“I believe many working families who have been hit hard by the high cost of housing in California because of the lack of affordable house share in my disappointment of the Governor’s veto of SB 377. This veto is a major blow to affordable housing construction in our state.

October 09, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Mass transit rail projects with the potential to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be completed faster and save more taxpayer dollars under legislation introduced by Senator Jim Beall and signed today by the Governor.

October 06, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall’s bills to ramp up the oversight of powerful psychotropic drugs dispensed to youths in foster care were ratified today by the Governor.

Senate Bills 319 and 484 are aimed at reducing the over reliance of mind-altering medications to control the behaviors of foster youth. About 25 percent of children in the state’s foster care system are given powerful drugs that can have long-lasting side effects such as depression and obesity. Over half of the children in foster care group homes are administered the drugs.