Press Releases

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

August 04, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Health insurers that defy mental health parity laws will be subject to fines of up to $2,500 a day by the Department of Insurance under a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Beall that was approved Monday by the Legislature. Senate Bill 1046 now advances to the Governor’s desk.

“The benefits of mental health parity will be hollow unless we act to enforce it,’’ said Beall, who chairs the Senate Mental Health Caucus. “SB 1046 puts consumers’ rights, first. It puts health insurers on the alert that they must live up to the law or face fines.’’

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Audrie’s Law cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee today after Sen. Jim Beall reached a compromise with committee members by removing a proposal for a two-year mandatory minimum sentence and replacing it with a requirement for stricter mandatory rehabilitative treatment program for juvenile sex offenders.