In the News

August 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today approved an audit request by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, to analyze how the unilateral and unmonitored actions taken by the accrediting agency for California’s community colleges affect campuses’ finances and programs.

July 29, 2013


June 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 131, a proposal to increase the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood molestation to sue their abusers, was approved Tuesday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on 6-2 vote. Two members did not vote.

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.

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.

May 07, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Jim Beall to overhaul the statute of limitations so adult survivors of child molestation can seek justice in civil courts against their abusers was passed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Senate Bill 131 changes California’s antiquated statute of limitations on civil claims brought forward for childhood sexual abuse,’’ said Beall, D-San Jose. “The bill gives victims more time to recognize the psychological trauma that is linked to their childhood abuse and take action to gain a measure of justice.’’

April 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Jim Beall to provide judges with greater discretion to protect estates of conserved seniors and people with disabilities from unjustified or exorbitant bills and fees won bipartisan approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“Senate Bill 156 will level the playing field in probate court when fee disputes are litigated,’’ said Beall, D-San Jose. “It will protect conserved adults from being charged exorbitant fees by their conservator.

April 17, 2013


If you missed my "Funding Our Future'' education roundtable on the state's school budget earlier this month, please come to my second forum on April 18, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Cupertino Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road.

April 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO –Legislation generated by the families of St. Frances Cabrini School students to require school officials to consult with law enforcement and parents before allowing a registered sex offender to volunteer at campus activities won approval today in a key vote before the Senate Education Committee.

April 16, 2013

SACRAMENTO – As Senators Jim Beall and Ricardo Lara spoke out Tuesday for legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood molestation to file damages against their abusers, traumatized victims voiced their support for SB 131 and told about their troubled lives and their anger over being unable to obtain justice against their perpetrators.