Press Releases

June 20, 2014

CAMPBELL – The $108 billion spending budget approved by the Governor today contains landmark funding for the enforcement of mental health parity regulations and a new guarantee that mass public transit projects, such as BART to San Jose, will now receive a 10 percent slice of Cap and Trade revenue – two major budget policies that were shaped by Senator Jim Beall.

June 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Audrie’s Law, a proposal requiring mandatory sentencing for juveniles convicted of sexual assaulting unconscious or developmentally disabled victims, will face an uphill battle before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, June 17, 9 a.m.

May 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO – More than 120 years ago, Hong Yen Chang – a Columbia Law School graduate and a member of the New York state bar – moved to California, hoping to serve San Francisco’s Chinese community as an attorney. But he was denied admission into the State Bar of California solely because of his race.

To rectify this long-standing injustice, the Senate today unanimously passed SR 46, introduced by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, urging the State Bar of California to recommend to the California State Supreme Court that Mr. Chang be granted a posthumous law license.

May 24, 2014

SAN JOSE -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, released the following statement on the death of John Vasconcellos, who served 30 years in the State Assembly and eight years in the State Senate representing the people of Santa Clara County:

“In many ways, John Vasoncellos acted as the social conscience of the California Legislature for nearly 40 years. He was an outspoken advocate for children and the disadvantaged. He was a warrior for social justice.

May 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – As the Legislature considers Cap and Trade proposals, Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate budget subcommittee responsible for reviewing those ideas, said he believes funding rail and transit projects in urban areas offer the best solution for reducing greenhouse gases.

April 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO --  Audrie’s Law, a proposal to strengthen sanctions against sexual assaults and cyberbullying, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Public Safety Committee. Senate Bill 838, introduced by Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, was approved on a bi-partisan 5-0 vote.

March 05, 2014

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SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall will hold a news conference Friday to unveil Audrie’s Law, a legislative proposal aimed at deterring the bullying, cyberbullying and sexual assault that played roles in the suicide of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old Saratoga High student.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Audrie’s mother, Sheila Pott, will join Sen. Beall. The bill was drafted by the District Attorney’s Office after consulting with Audrie’s family.