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SCR-43 Legislative history.(2017-2018)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 43

Introduced by Senator Nielsen
(Coauthors: Senators Berryhill, Dodd, Fuller, Gaines, Glazer, and Moorlach)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bigelow, Chen, and Kiley)

April 20, 2017

Relative to legislative history.


SCR 43, as introduced, Nielsen. Legislative history.
This measure would confer upon Alexander C. Vassar the position of Legislative Historian, and designate December 15, 2017, as Legislative History Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The California Legislature has a long and rich history that holds important lessons for legislators and members of the public alike; and
WHEREAS, The People of California were first given a voice in their own government through a legislature in 1822, when Emperor Iturbide of Mexico authorized the creation of a six-member Diputación Territorial; and
WHEREAS, The first California Legislature convened on December 15, 1849, nearly eight months before California was granted statehood; and
WHEREAS, Since 1849, 4,425 people have served in the California State Legislature, including 1,160 in the Senate and 3,740 in the Assembly; and
WHEREAS, California’s Legislature extended suffrage to women eight years before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, and 160 women have served in the legislature since 1919; and
WHEREAS, In 1966, the California Legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 63, creating the position of Legislative Historian and conferring it, without compensation or state expense, upon Don A. Allen, Sr., in recognition of his contributions to the study of the legislature; and
WHEREAS, Alexander C. Vassar has written extensively about California’s legislative history, including two books about the legislature, one of which won the Notable Document Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the position of Legislative Historian be conferred upon Alexander C. Vassar, to be held without compensation or state expense; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature proclaims Friday, December 15, 2017, as Legislative History Day, in recognition of the contributions of prior generations of California lawmakers, and to encourage Californians to learn more about their state and government; and be it further
Resolved, that the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.