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.
Beall passed SB 755 to prevent the re-traumatization of sexually abused children in civil litigation by limiting the duration of psychological exams. Signed.
Authored SB 233 improves the coordination of education services for foster children by allowing caregivers access to school records, enabling them to be informed of the child’s academic progress in order to better support the foster child’s day-to-day educational needs. Signed into law.
Supported juvenile justice reforms to assure 5th Amendment self-incrimination protection and promote rehabilitation. SB 394 aligns state parole policy with U.S. Supreme Court guidelines to permit young people sentenced to life without parole to have a parole hearing after serving 25 years. SB 395 requires youth 15 and under to consult with legal counsel before waving their right to remain silent at police interrogations.
Relentlessly championed for the inclusion of $22 million in the budget to ensure foster children and families have access to legal counsel during dependency court proceedings to protect their best interests.
Beall successfully incorporated his bill, SB 143, into a budget trailer bill intended to reduce prison overcrowding so eligible state hospital inmates can have the same opportunities to be re-sentenced as the rest of the prison population. The bill extended prison reforms under Proposition 36 and 47 to encompass state hospital inmates with mental illnesses who pose no danger to society.
Taking the lead to de-criminalize mental illness, Beall introduced SB 8 to give trial courts the discretion to order treatment instead of jail for people with mental illness who are accused of committing a minor offense, avoiding the unnecessary costs of trial and incarceration.
Passing smart policies to reduce recidivism, Beall voted to increase parolees’ opportunities for employment by supporting AB 1008 to prohibit employers from using job applications that ask the applicant to disclose criminal convictions prior to a conditional offer of employment. Signed.
To stop the needless and costly incarceration of elderly and non-violent inmates, Beall voted for AB 1448 (Weber), giving eligible inmates who can be better cared for in community settings the opportunity for parole. Signed.
Co-authored SB 10 (Hertzberg) to reform a bail system that punishes the poor. The bill calls for ensuring defendants awaiting trial are not kept in jail solely because they can’t afford bail.
To provide justice for victims of sexual assault, Beall supported and voted to add a check-off box to state personal income forms that allows taxpayers to donate a portion of their return to pay for the laboratory testing of unprocessed rape kits. AB 280 (Low), signed into law.
Beall took action to protect subcontracted workers employees from fraud by voting for legislation requiring general contractors to cover any unpaid wages owed to them. AB 1701 (Thurmond).
Voted to require pharmaceutical companies to inform the state and health coverage providers of when they will raise the cost of medicines by 16 percent or higher over two years. The new law exposes how drugs are priced, requiring pharmaceutical companies to notify the state and health insurers when they plan to raise the price of a medication by 16 percent or more over two years. The companies must also explain why the price hike is needed. SB 17 (Hernandez), signed.
Pioneering new ways to keep children safe, Beall voted for AB 597 (Stone) to authorize Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties to coordinate and share information with the child welfare system regarding families at risk for child abuse or neglect.
Supported and voted to increase Temporary Assistance for Needy Families reimbursements by $117.7 million.
Worked to restore $67.5 million in Community Infrastructure grants for municipalities to promote public safety diversion programs and services that can increase the numbers of treatment facilities for mental health, addiction, and trauma-related services.
Fought for $16.7 million in the Mental Health Services Fund for the Children’s Mental Health Crisis Services program.
To increase inmates’ connections to family members and supportive rehabilitation and treatment, Beall advocated for ending the policy of transferring prisoners to out-of-state, for-profit prisons and returning them to California. Beall’s voice, combined with others, led the state to let prison contracts expire in 2018.
Voted for SB 384 (Wiener) to reform the state sex offender registry, ending lifetime listings for lower-level offenders who are judged to be at little risk of committing new crimes. The tiered registration system will help police focus resources on the most dangerous offenders. Takes effect in 2021.
Protected LGBT seniors from discrimination in long-term care facilities by supporting and voting for SB 219 (Wiener). Signed into law.
Ended the unnecessary punishment of earners of low incomes whose driver licenses are suspended for failure to pay a traffic fine and penalties by advocating for budget language that changed state policy.
Took action to set aside $400 million for counties in the state budget to continue In-Home Support Services for 500,000 low-income, elderly and disabled Californians.
Voted to put more money into the pockets of 1 million more low-income households by expanding eligibility requirements for the earned-income tax credit. The action increases their buying power with an ancillary benefit of pumping more money into local economies.
Streamlined free lunch program for students on Medi-Cal, who currently do not automatically receive school meals. Co-authored SB 138 (McGuire); signed into law.
Voted increase the educational attainment of children of low-income households by adding $166.2 million in funding to expand child care eligibility, add more full-day state preschool slots, and increase provider rates to increase parents’ choices of programs.
Co-authored legislation to ensure California’s growing demand for qualified nurses is met by authorizing the California State University to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree on a permanent basis. AB 422 signed.
Co-authored SB 494 (Hueso) to establish a grant program to boost literacy. Vetoed.
Worked with community leaders to urge the U.S. Soccer Foundation to grant $80,000 to $100,000 to the Valley Palms Neighborhood Association to covert the community’s dilapidated tennis court into a synthetic turf soccer field.
Supported and advocated on behalf of a Latinos United for New America to receive a $250,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to establish a park off Midfield Avenue in East San Jose.
Co-authored legislation protecting renters by requiring landlords to disclose whether a rental property lies in a flood hazard zone. AB 646 (Kalra), Signed into law.