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January 22, 2014

BUDGET UPDATE

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.

January 21, 2014

 SACRAMENTO -- In a letter sent to Gov. Brown today, Senator Jim Beall recommends the new temporary Department of Motor Vehicles office slated for Santa Clara County be located in East San Jose.

“An East San Jose office is critical in meeting the needs of residents in my district,’’ Beall said in his letter. “Additionally, I believe locating a DMV office in East San Jose will maximize the number of undocumented immigrants who apply for a driver’s license and increase the safety on our roads and highways.

January 09, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall issues the following statement regarding the Governor’s proposed budget:

“Right now, we have the revenue to not only begin undoing the damage created by the recession but to prepare for fiscal emergencies. Paying down the debts owed to our schools, setting up a prudent reserve fund, and bolstering college funding are priorities for California’s future.

December 13, 2013

Christmas Tree

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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

November 26, 2013

ROAD REPAIR DEFICIT

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.

October 24, 2013

SAVING $1 MILLION FOR SANTA CLARA COUNTY

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.

October 12, 2013

CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall released the following statement in reaction to the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 131, legislation to address an ambiguity in the law that arbitrarily stopped adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse from suing private institutions for harboring their abusers:

October 02, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Santa Clara County will now keep $1 million that was destined to be paid to the state thanks to a bill introduced by Senator Jim Beall and signed into law today by the Governor

“Instead of giving $1 million to Sacramento, our county can hang onto the cash to re-invest in services for run-away and homeless youth to keep them safe,’’ Beall said.

September 18, 2013

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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.