Press Releases

Senator Jim Beall's Reaction to Gov. Brown's Address

January 05, 2015

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

Beall Named Chairman of Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

December 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall, who has played instrumental roles in funding Highway 85 and extending BART to San Jose, was appointed chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today.

Sen. Beall Introduces New Bills

December 01, 2014

SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the new legislative session, Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, introduced bills to increase funding for freeway maintenance and litter removal, and bolster police training to increase officer safety while dealing with people with mental health illnesses.

SB 11, a spot bill undergoing preparation for legislative language, focuses on adding more hours to the training of police recruits that will help them defuse potentially volatile encounters with people with mental health disorders.

Criminal Statute of Limitations is Extended for Victims of Sex Abuse

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 926, legislation by Senator Jim Beall to give more time to the survivors of childhood sex abuse to press charges against their assailants, was signed into law by Gov. Brown today. The law becomes effective on Jan. 1.

The bill calls for changing California’s penal codes by increasing the deadline for victims to seek criminal charges against the person or persons who abused them. Currently, victims have until they turn age 28 to press charges. Under SB 926, the age limit is raised to 40 years.

Audrie's Law Becomes California's Law

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Audrie's Law, legislation by Senator Jim Beall that reforms juvenile sex assault statutes to provide justice for victims, was ratified today by Gov. Brown.

Beall's SB 628 Signed by Governor

September 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 628, a new alternative for local governments to fund transportation projects and other infrastructure needs, was signed into law by Governor Brown today.

“The bill is an innovative step toward ensuring California’s crumbling infrastructure is expanded or repaired in preparation for future generations,’’ said Beall, who introduced SB 628.

SB 628 Clears Legislature

August 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Furnishing local governments with a new way to pay for improving and expanding their infrastructure, the Legislature today approved Senator Jim Beall’s SB 628. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration

“This bill will help local jurisdictions finance transportation projects and transit-oriented development,’’ Beall said. “The cost of maintaining or building much-needed transportation projects is estimated to be over $500 billion over the next decade for the entire state. 

Audrie's Law Sent to Governor

August 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO – By a 36-0 concurrence vote on Tuesday night, the Senate approved Audrie’s Law, legislation that opens the doors to juvenile court hearings on sex assaults and mandates rehabilitative treatment for offenders.