Press Releases

Senator Jim Beall: Reducing Debt, a Step in the Right Direction

January 09, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall issues the following statement regarding the Governor’s proposed budget:

“Right now, we have the revenue to not only begin undoing the damage created by the recession but to prepare for fiscal emergencies. Paying down the debts owed to our schools, setting up a prudent reserve fund, and bolstering college funding are priorities for California’s future.

Senator Beall's Statement on the Governor's Veto of SB 131

October 12, 2013

CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall released the following statement in reaction to the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 131, legislation to address an ambiguity in the law that arbitrarily stopped adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse from suing private institutions for harboring their abusers:

Beall Saves Santa Clara County Taxpayers $1 Million

October 02, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Santa Clara County will now keep $1 million that was destined to be paid to the state thanks to a bill introduced by Senator Jim Beall and signed into law today by the Governor

“Instead of giving $1 million to Sacramento, our county can hang onto the cash to re-invest in services for run-away and homeless youth to keep them safe,’’ Beall said.

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.’’