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ACR-18 29th Annual State Scientist Day.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 18
CHAPTER 57

Relative to the 29th Annual State Scientist Day.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 06, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 18, Quirk. 29th Annual State Scientist Day.
This measure would declare May 10, 2017, as the 29th Annual State Scientist Day, as a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of the state scientists who work on behalf of all the residents of California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The state employs nearly 3,000 professional scientists in over 30 state departments working in more than 81 scientific classifications; and
WHEREAS, State scientists hold graduate degrees in virtually every scientific discipline, including biology, nematology, virology, seismology, epidemiology, toxicology, and many others; and
WHEREAS, State scientists are represented by the California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS), which is dedicated to professionalism, independence, and responsible advocacy; and
WHEREAS, The work of state scientists protects the public from life-threatening diseases, safeguards our wildlife and abundant natural resources, and protects our air and water from toxic waste and pollution; and
WHEREAS, State scientists are required to make critical decisions every day based on rigorous scientific fact-finding, and these decisions ultimately impact the lives and property of all Californians; and
WHEREAS, State scientists perform important work in the areas of infectious disease prevention, oil spill prevention and cleanup, public health drinking water monitoring, the protection of agricultural crops, brownfields mitigation, chemical and radiological disaster response, and much more; and
WHEREAS, CAPS cosponsors the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair, one of California’s 14 regional science and engineering fairs, serving hundreds of middle and high schools in 10 California counties; and
WHEREAS, State scientists host an annual State Scientist Day at the State Capitol to increase public awareness and recognition of the significant contributions made by scientists working in state government while entertaining and educating over 3,500 elementary school students with fun, hands-on science exhibits; and
WHEREAS, State Scientist Day has sparked an interest in science for thousands of California schoolchildren, legislators, state employees, and members of the public, who attend the special event; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That May 10, 2017, shall be recognized as the 29th Annual State Scientist Day, and that this day shall be a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of the state scientists who work on behalf of all the residents of California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.