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June 01, 2016

SACRAMENTO – With bipartisan support, Senator Jim Beall’s proposed $3 billion Affordable Housing Bond to generate thousands of homes and apartments priced within the reach of California’s families as well as house thousands of homeless individuals was approved by the Senate today by a 28-9 vote. The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

June 02, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Two bills by Senator Jim Beall designed to expand the ability of school districts to provide mental health services for students and strengthen state oversight of how funds for those services are spent were approved by the state Senate this week.

Senate Bill 884 was passed today on a 37-0 vote. A companion bill, SB 1113, was approved on a 39-0 vote on Tuesday. Both bills are now under consideration by the Assembly.

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the $122 billion spending budget passed by the Legislature:

“The new budget, passed on time, is a sensible and responsible plan that reflects the Legislature’s priorities together with the Gov. Brown’s vision for California’s future. This budget lifts people up who have not shared in the economic recovery and also prudently sets more money aside for emergencies.

August 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO –  collaborative effort by Senator Jim Beall and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has secured a California State Transportation Agency grant award of $20 million to start the groundwork to extend BART through San Jose all the way to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station.

August 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In response an inquiry by Senator Jim Beall, the Office of Legislative Counsel has determined school districts should not impose a six-month statute of limitations for students who have been sexually abused by school personal to file a claim for damages.

The State Department of Education website has posted the letter as part of its informational guidelines and procedures for school districts.

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- Crumbling asphalt. Bone-jarring potholes. The mounting damage from years of deferred maintenance totaling $137 billion for state and local roads, bridges, and trade corridors threatens California’s prosperity.

August 27, 2016

BURLINGAME -- Senator Jim Beall was honored today as Legislator of the Year by National Alliance of Mental Illness California at its annual conference. 


Beall, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health, was commended by NAMI California for his work to improve mental illness response training provided to law enforcement and for working to bolster mental health parity. 

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Legislation by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, calling for expanded oversight of crucial mental health services for foster care children was signed into law today by Gov. Brown.

October 20, 2016

SAN JOSE – A $20 million grant to begin the final leg of the BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension was ratified today by the California Transportation Commission, bringing the day when BART cars roll through San Jose to Santa Clara a step closer.

“This makes it official: The BART extension project will now receive the seed money it needs to begin the necessary planning and the relocation utility lines,’’ said Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who serves as the chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee. “The grant is the impetus we need to get this project going.’’

November 23, 2016

CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the closing of the 1st Extraordinary Session: