Press Releases

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.

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.

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.

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.

September 03, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall’s twin bills to increase training for peace officers to improve their ability to safely cope with people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities were approved this week by the Legislature, drawing bipartisan support. Senate Bills 11 and 29 will be sent to Governor Brown for his consideration.

June 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of both the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health, issues this statement regarding the approval of the new state budget:

“I am encouraged by this budget’s commitment to increase funding for schools, colleges, and the disadvantaged. But it turns a blind eye to the crumbling community-based infrastructure that serves over 270,000 Californians with developmental disabilities.

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, issues this statement regarding the budget revisions.

‘’The Governor’s budget is disappointing because it falls woefully short in funding services for people with developmental disabilities.  His proposal does not include funding a minimum wage increase. In short, this budget actually serves as a cut.

May 08, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Greater mental health training for officers not only increases the margin of safety for both them and people with mental illnesses but also improves community trust and saves taxpayer dollars, police and mental health professionals said before a California State Senate subcommittee hearing today.

“The experts made it clear: Improving mental health training for our peace officers is the right thing,’’ said Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health.

April 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO – An audit request by Senator Jim Beall to find out how school districts are using mental health funding and whether they are meeting their obligation to provide mental health services to students was approved today by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

April 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO  –  A plan to restore California’s crumbling roads and freeways to make them durable and safe for the 21st century was unveiled Wednesday by Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate transportation committee.

“Senate Bill 16 solves a crisis that threatens our deteriorating streets and highways,’’ Beall said. “California faces a $59 billion backlog in deferred maintenance that will grow by billions every year. Our cities and counties have a backlog of $40 billion in repairs. We must take action now.