Press Releases

Legislature Votes To Streamline Transfer Process For Students

August 26, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

A bill that streamlines the confusing transfer process from community colleges to a bachelor’s degree and also confers an associate’s degree to transfer students cleared the state Senate on Wednesday and now advances to the Governor’s office.

SB 1440, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, is the outgrowth of AB 440, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall that was killed last year in the Senate Education Committee.

Historic Foster Care Bill Gets Legislature’s Approval

August 31, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
AB 12 Moves To The Governor's Desk

Assembly Bill 12, landmark legislation to extend foster care benefits to age 21 was approved Tuesday night by the Legislature, overcoming its last hurdle to the Governor’s office.

“This is a break-through day for California’s foster kids,’’ said Assembly Member Jim Beall, who introduced Assembly Bill 12, which drew bipartisan support.

The Food Stamps Challenge: Can You Eat On Only $4.50 A Day?

September 20, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

More than 5 million Californians go hungry or live in fear of not having enough to eat. In Santa Clara County, 120,000 people qualify for Food Stamps, yet only half participate in the program – receiving the equivalent of only $4.50 a day to spend for food.

Bill To Speed Up Gun Background Checks Becomes Law

September 27, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Legislation designed to enhance safeguards preventing unstable people from obtaining firearms was signed into law today by the Governor.

AB 302, introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall, requires mental health facilities to notify the state Department of Justice by electronic means when patients are admitted, a process designed to end delays in updating the department’s records – data referenced for firearm purchases.

Sweeping Foster Care Bill Becomes Law

September 30, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
AB 12, Authored By Beall , Extends Foster Care Benefits To 21

Legislation to extend benefits for youths in the foster care system from age 18 to 21 was signed today by the Governor.

“California has made a clear statement today: The lives of our foster care kids are important to all of us and we have a moral obligation to help them succeed,’’ said Assemblymember Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who introduced Assembly Bill 12.

First 5 Santa Clara Rescues Calworks Stage III Child Care

October 27, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
Beall Works at Local Level to Help Over 1,270 Children in Santa Clara County Stay Safe in Child Care

SAN JOSE -- FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, responding to pleas from legislators, has agreed to step into the breach created by the Governor’s cuts to the Stage III CalWorks program and loan up to $3 million to keep afloat childcare subsides that enable local working parents to stay on their jobs and get off welfare.

Dead Bill’s Concept Compels CPUC To Revise Billing Rule

October 29, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Proposed legislation introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall to give small businesses greater protection from retroactive billing by utilities but later vetoed by the Governor has led the California Public Utilities Commission to change its back-billing rules.

FDA Issues Warning To Makers Of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

November 17, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920
Assemblymember Jim Beall had Introduced Legislation to Ban the Drinks Statewide

Declaring the mixture of caffeine and alcohol was unsafe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took its first steps Wednesday to stop the sale of packaged caffeinated alcoholic drinks.

Beall Authors High-Speed Rail Bill To Spur Jobs And Economic Development

December 06, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. introduced legislation Monday to revitalize districts surrounding high-speed rail areas by promoting residential and retail development that generate jobs and discourage urban sprawl.

Beall Introduces Autism Insurance Mandate Legislation

January 20, 2011
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

Legislation requiring private health insurers to help pay for critical services and programs for children and adults with autism and related disorders was introduced today by Assembly Member Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

Assembly Bill 171 not only ensures more Californians with autism and related disorders will receive the services they need but it also saves taxpayer dollars by stopping insurers from continuing to shift their costs onto public agencies.


May 2013 E-Newsletter

May 23, 2013


A key component of two of my key bills this year is about protecting our most vulnerable people - children, the elderly and those with disabilities - from being exploited. The ideas for the bills, SB 156 and SB 326, originated from our community.

June 2013 Newsletter

June 15, 2013

The state’s new $96.3 billion spending budget approved by the Legislature this month reflects a cautious approach after years of cuts. It devotes new revenue – generated by voter-approved tax increases and a bump in business tax receipts – primarily to education and to paying down the debt accumulated during the recession.

August 2013 Newsletter

August 23, 2013


Help take care of a precious resource by joining volunteers to clean up Los Gatos Creek on Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Campbell Park, located at Campbell and Gilman avenues. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

September 2013 Newsletter

September 18, 2013


The fate of hundreds of bills was sealed as the legislative year officially came to an end last week. Here’s an update on how some of my key bills played out this year.

October 2013 Newsletter

October 24, 2013


With the passage of my legislation, SB 347, Santa Clara County taxpayers will now keep $1 million that was destined to be paid to the state. The bill was signed this month by Governor Brown.

Those savings can be re-invested in services for run-away and homeless youth to keep them safe.

November 2013 Newsletter

November 26, 2013


As the chairman of the Senate Budget subcommittee on transportation, I am convening a hearing Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, to assess the conditions of our roads - from state and city highways to bridges - and how California can begin improving them.

December 2013 Newsletter

December 13, 2013

Christmas Tree


The best thing about the holidays is sharing time with your family and friends. Here are a few ideas:

January 2014 E-Newsletter

January 22, 2014


A year ago, Sacramento turned the corner in reversing California's massive debt. This year, legislators plan to build on that momentum by cutting more debt while pumping billions into education.

After years of recession that has resulted in nearly $24.9 billion of debt to date, we are on the road toward erasing that red ink by the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. Last year, we wiped out $9.8 billion in debt.

February 2014 E-Newsletter

February 12, 2014

Open House

You're invited to my annual Open House on Feb. 21, Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at my Senate District 15 office, 2105 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 154. Light refreshments will be available. To RSVP, click here!