Press Releases

Bill Restricting Sex Offenders' Access to Schools Signed by Governor

September 09, 2013

SACRAMENTO –  Governor Brown signed today Senate Bill 326, a law introduced by Senator Jim Beall to stop schools from allowing registered sex offenders on campuses without notifying students’ families.

“We must always protect children,’’ Beall said, “and part of that process is letting parents know if sex offenders have been granted access to school grounds.  This bill closes a loophole in the law that actually gave school administrators the unilateral authority to let a registered sex offender participate in events on campus with kids without informing anyone.’’

Bill to Protect Conserved Estates Passes Legislature

August 30, 2013

SACRAMENTO -- Senate Bill 156, legislation by Sen. Jim Beall that ends the unfair and costly penalizing of conserved adults who challenge questionable billings by estate managers, will be sent to the Governor’s desk for consideration after winning overwhelming approval Friday in the state Senate.

Governor Signs Beall's Bill to Streamline Online Voter Registration

August 27, 2013

SACRAMENTO – On Jan. 1, California’s elderly and people with disabilities will be allowed to use an electronic signature stamp to register to vote over the Secretary of State’s online system after Sen. Jim Beall’s legislation was signed Monday by Gov. Brown.

Beall Seeks Audit of Controversial College Accrediting Commission

August 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today approved an audit request by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, to analyze how the unilateral and unmonitored actions taken by the accrediting agency for California’s community colleges affect campuses’ finances and programs.

Assembly Judiciary Committee Approves SB131

June 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 131, a proposal to increase the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood molestation to sue their abusers, was approved Tuesday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on 6-2 vote. Two members did not vote.

Bill to Extend Statute of Limitations to Sue Child Molesters Clears Committee

May 07, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Jim Beall to overhaul the statute of limitations so adult survivors of child molestation can seek justice in civil courts against their abusers was passed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Senate Bill 131 changes California’s antiquated statute of limitations on civil claims brought forward for childhood sexual abuse,’’ said Beall, D-San Jose. “The bill gives victims more time to recognize the psychological trauma that is linked to their childhood abuse and take action to gain a measure of justice.’’

Beall's Proposal to Protect Conserved Estates Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

April 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Jim Beall to provide judges with greater discretion to protect estates of conserved seniors and people with disabilities from unjustified or exorbitant bills and fees won bipartisan approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“Senate Bill 156 will level the playing field in probate court when fee disputes are litigated,’’ said Beall, D-San Jose. “It will protect conserved adults from being charged exorbitant fees by their conservator.

Mandated Police and Parent Notification When Convicted Pedophiles Are Allowed On School Campuses Passes Committee

April 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO –Legislation generated by the families of St. Frances Cabrini School students to require school officials to consult with law enforcement and parents before allowing a registered sex offender to volunteer at campus activities won approval today in a key vote before the Senate Education Committee.

SB 131 Allows Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse to Seek Justice

April 16, 2013

SACRAMENTO – As Senators Jim Beall and Ricardo Lara spoke out Tuesday for legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood molestation to file damages against their abusers, traumatized victims voiced their support for SB 131 and told about their troubled lives and their anger over being unable to obtain justice against their perpetrators.