Press Releases

Beall: Developmental Disabilities System Stabilized But More Must be Done

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.

Increasing Transparency and Accountability to Behavioral Health Services for Students

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.

Beall Proposes Measures to Help Seniors

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.

Senator Beall's Reaction to the Veto of SB 377

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.

Beall's Proposal to Save Time and Money on Mass Transit Construction Becomes Law

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.

Governor Signs Beall's Foster Care Bills to Restrict Over Prescribing of Drugs

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.

Improved Mental Health Training for Peace Officers Wins Governor's Approval

October 03, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Jim Beall that focuses on improving the ability of peace officers to safely deal with people who have mental illnesses was signed into law by Governor Brown today. Senate Bills 11 and 29 become effective on Jan. 1, 2016.

Governor Signs Beall's Bill to Prevent Nuisances on Communications Hill

September 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The loitering, littering, noise, and late night drinking that has plagued San Jose’s Communications Hill stairway and exasperated residents may be coming to an end after the Governor signed Senate Bill 236, authored by Senator Jim Beall.

Beall Enables Local Cities to Recover Tax Dollars

September 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – For years, the state returned a lower percentage of property tax dollars to four Santa Clara County cities because of a discrepancy in the law.
With the Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 107 that contains a provision sought by Senator Jim Beall, those cities can see that discrepancy eliminated with the stroke of the Governor’s pen.

Beall's Watchdog Bills to Curb Overmedication of Foster Youth Sent to Governor

September 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Jim Beall to stop the indiscriminate use of potent psychotropic drugs given to foster care youth was approved by the Senate today. Senate Bills 319 and 484 will be sent to the Governor.

“We must never allow the state’s most traumatized children to be shackled with chemical restraints simply because it is the most expedient way to control their behavior,’’ Beall said.