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Assembly Passes AB 57 to Balance Membership on Metropolitan Transportation Commission

May 26, 2011

Beall's bill sdds one seat each for Santa Clara and Alameda Counties

Assembly Bill 57, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall to create a balanced and equitable representation on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, was approved today on a 71-5 vote in the Assembly. The bill now moves to the Senate.

AB 57 updates the number of MTC members from 19 to 21, adding one more representative each for Santa Clara and Alameda to give them a total of three delegates each, equaling the number of San Francisco-based voting representatives.

Governor Signs Beall Bill Saving Foster Family Agencies

July 26, 2011

Assembly Bill 159, legislation that preserves foster family agencies during an era of budget deficits and cuts, was signed into law by Gov. Brown. The bill goes into effect on Jan. 1.

"I'm very pleased Governor Brown shares my commitment to do everything possible in these difficult times to protect our foster children," said Assemblymember Jim Beall, who introduced the bill on Jan. 19.

Governor Signs Beall Bill Saving Foster Family Agencies

July 26, 2011

Assembly Bill 159, legislation that preserves foster family agencies during an era of budget deficits and cuts, was signed into law by Gov. Brown. The bill goes into effect on Jan. 1.

"I'm very pleased Governor Brown shares my commitment to do everything possible in these difficult times to protect our foster children," said Assemblymember Jim Beall, who introduced the bill on Jan. 19.

Beall's Foster Care Reform Bills Signed by Governor

October 04, 2011

Two bills introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall – both aimed at helping foster care youth lead successful lives as adults – were signed today by Gov. Brown.

"Reforming the foster care system and creating better outcomes are big priorities of mine," said Beall, chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. "I am continuing that work with these two bills, which enjoyed bipartisan support. I'm excited to have them both become law and I thank the Governor for understanding reform is needed to help our foster care kids as they grow into adults."

Governor Signs Beall's Bill to Feed More Seniors in Need

October 06, 2011

A key bill to help California's seniors during these tough times by putting more food on their tables was signed today by the Governor.

"Assembly Bill 69 ensures struggling seniors get the critical nutrition they need to stay healthy and vital," said Assemblymember Jim Beall, who introduced the bill in December.

Governor Signs Autism Insurance Bill

October 09, 2011

Thousands of Californians with Autism Spectrum Disorders will now be able to get therapies and treatment covered by their private health insurance under legislation signed into law today by the Governor.

"This legislation can be a national standard for autism insurance," said Assemblymember Jim Beall, D-San Jose, the principal co-author of Senate Bill 946. "Autism is a medical condition not an education problem. SB 946 sets a course of treatment for hundreds of thousands of kids, now and in the future, who will be able to get treatment for their condition.

Beall Proposes College Tax Credit for Working Families

January 04, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation to give middle-class families a $2,000 tax credit for college-related expenses per student was introduced today by Assembly Member Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

Assembly Approves Beall's Bills to Widen Health Coverage for Mental Illness, Addiction, and Autism Disorders

January 26, 2012

AB 154 and AB 171 Advance to Senate

SACRAMENTO – Two bills introduced by Assemblymember Jim Beall to ensure millions of Californians will be able to get therapies and treatment covered by their health plans for mental illness, substance abuse health were approved today by the Assembly.

"AB 154 and AB 171 are the fiscally and morally responsible things to do," Beall said. "Severe mental conditions should be treated the same as a physical illness or injury.

Jim Beall Scores 100 percent rating from Consumer Watchdog Group

January 27, 2012

SAN JOSE – The Consumer Federation of California has given a perfect 100 percent rating to Assemblymember Jim Beall, D-San Jose, for his votes to protect consumers during the 2011 session.

"I'm proud of this rating because I deeply care about protecting consumers' rights," Beall said. "Everyone who puts down their hard-earned cash for goods or services deserves to be dealt with in a fair manner. Legislators have a duty to protect them against unfair practices as well as from products or services that may harm them."

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April 2014 Newsletter

April 21, 2014

MEET ME

If you have a state-related issue or problem, you can speak to me one-on-one over a cup of coffee on April 25, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Le Boulanger, 1351 Lincoln Ave., in San Jose's Willow Glen district. The meetings are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


REDUCING RECIDIVISM

May 2014 Newsletter

May 23, 2014

UPDATE

The most rewarding aspect of my work in Sacramento is finding ways to help my district -- improving its transportation and health systems or by saving taxpayers' dollars.

June 2014 E-Newsletter

June 19, 2014

CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY

Over 95 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are correctly installed. But research shows seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained.

Is your child's car seat properly installed? Don't take a chance with the safety of your son or daughter.

July 2014 E-Newsletter

July 18, 2014

CREEK CLEAN-UP

Be part of the solution to pollution! Join me next month for my annual Los Gatos Creek Clean-up. Everyone is welcome -- join your neighbors, enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, meet friendly people, do something good for the environment and our community.

August 2014 E-Newsletter

August 12, 2014

YOUR IDEAS

Do you have an idea for a new law? Here's your chance to share it with me. Just click here.

I and my staff will evaluate your idea for its necessity, legality, practicality, its cost, and whether the proposed change is redundant. And, we'll inform you if we draft a bill based on your idea.

September 2014 Newsletter

September 10, 2014

Biking Safely

Join me for a . . .

Fun Day of Bicycle Safety
Friday, Sept. 19, 3-5 p.m.
Santee Elementary School
1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose

It's a brief course to educate your child about the rules of the road, and how to safely ride and handle a bicycle.

October 2014 Newsletter

October 21, 2014

MOBILE DISTRICT OFFICE

Because not everyone has the time to visit my office in Campbell or meet me at one of my community coffees, I decided years ago to have my staff conduct mobile district office hours in the community. The mobile district offices offer Senate District 15 residents a convenient way to get help or information regarding a state-related issue or problem.

November 2014 Newsletter

November 17, 2014

TRANSPORTATION TOWN HALL

I will be convening a town hall meeting on transportation in December to investigate how California can finance highway maintenance as the gas tax revenue, the main funding source for road improvements, continues to fall. This hearing will consider the pros and cons of various strategies to increase the amount of funding available for transportation projects.

December 2014 Newsletter

December 12, 2014

SENIOR SCAM STOPPER

I am sponsoring a Senior Scam Stopper Town Hall in January to alert seniors on how to spot and avoid swindles. Representatives for local, state, and federal agencies will discuss how to identify theft, auto repair, investment, and construction-related scams.