Senator Beall's Accomplishments

Working for a Better California

In 2017, Senator Jim Beall played a pivotal role in solving two of California’s biggest problems: a rapidly crumbling road system in need of repairs and a housing shortage with skyrocketing prices and rents. He also took action to expand California’s open space, balance justice with treatment for the mentally ill in our courts, rein in drug prescription costs, and protect vulnerable children.


Confronting California's Housing Crisis

Confronting California's Housing Crisis

Senator Jim Beall confronted California’s housing crisis by increasing funding to proven programs for homeless veterans, families, seniors and people with disabilities including SB 3 a $4 billion bond measure. If approved by voters in November, SB 3 would generate up to $15 billion in state and federal funding for affordable housing. Beall also co-authored legislation that creates a permanent funding source for affordable housing and supported legislation to reduce burdensome regulations to speed up new housing construction. And in the aftermath of floods that devastated a San Jose neighborhood, Beall took action to secure $5.4 million in state funding to help flood victims. Read more
 

Rebuilding California

Rebuilding California's Roads, Bridges and Transit

Because of Beall’s SB 1, California will invest an additional $5.4 billion annually in road, freeway, bridge and transit projects – creating tens of thousands of construction jobs, lowering commute times and making our roads safer. The plan includes accountability measures to ensure the funding cannot be spent on anything but transportation. He also passed legislation, SB 595 that offers voters a regional vision of coordinated projects to pay for bridge safety improvements and provide $375 million for the BART-to-San Jose extension. Read more
 

Preserving California

Preserving California

Thanks to Beall’s efforts, thousands of acres of watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains can be saved for public access. To help fund public acquisition of the watershed, he co-authored a $4 billion bond measure on the June 2018 ballot that also addresses park access, water quality and flood protection statewide. Read more

 

Greater Transparency in Elections

Greater Transparency in Elections

A long-time advocate of campaign contribution reform, Beall co-authored the California Disclose Act so voters can easily identify the top funders of campaign ad and make better informed decisions based on facts. Read more

 

Prioritizing Public Education

Prioritizing Public Education

Beall stood tall for California’s K-12 students by supporting an education budget that raises per pupil spending to over $11,000 – the highest in state history. He also voted to expand funding for Cal Grants and a program that incentivizes college completion in four years. He also sought to increase access to mental health and substance abuse services for students. Read more

 

Prioritizing Equity and Justice Reform

Prioritizing Equity and Justice Reform

Beall passed legislation to set limits examinations of sexually abused children during civil depositions to prevent re-traumatization. He also backed a package of bills that focus on prevention, rehabilitation, family cohesion to keep children out of the juvenile justice system and fix longstanding inequities for youth and adults. To halt the needless incarceration of people with mental illness, he championed legislation to give courts the authority to consider treatment options instead of jail for more people with mental disorders. Read more

 

Leading the Nation in Equality

Leading the Nation in Equality

Beall strengthened protections for Californians, voting to raise new standards for equality, including measures to provide 12 weeks of unpaid maternity and paternity leave if you work for a small employer; defending and strengthening Title IX standards in California to ensure all schools, colleges and universities implement federal regulations regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention; and passing the Gender Recognition Act to create a third gender marker on state-issued identification documents for people who identify as non-binary or intersex. Read more

 

Protecting our Immigrant Communities

Protecting our Immigrant Communities

Immigrants, who contribute greatly to our culture and economy, were under new threats of mass deportation by the federal government. Beall and Senate Democrats worked to pass a package of legislation to safeguard immigrants and their children. Read more