California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 20


Introduced by Assembly Member Mark Stone

February 9, 2015


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 20—Relative to California Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 20, as introduced, Mark Stone. California Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

This measure would proclaim the week of February 15, 2015, through February 21, 2015, as California Court Reporting and Captioning Week and request the governor to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the great State of California to observe the day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and educational activities.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, For millennia, individuals have wanted the spoken
2word translated into text to record history and to accomplish this
3task have relied on scribes; and

4WHEREAS, The profession of scribe was born with the rise of
5civilization; and

6WHEREAS, In ancient Egypt, scribes were considered to be
7the literate elite, recording laws and other important documents
8and, since that time, have served as impartial witnesses to history;
9and

10WHEREAS, Scribes were present with our nation’s founding
11fathers as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights
12were drafted; and

P2    1WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln entrusted scribes to
2record the Emancipation Proclamation; and

3WHEREAS, Since the advent of shorthand machines, these
4scribes have been known as court reporters and have played a
5permanent and invaluable role across our country; and

6WHEREAS, Court reporters are present in the California State
7Legislature, preserving legislators’ words and actions; and

8WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners are responsible for
9keeping a complete, accurate, secure, and unbiased record of
10courtroom proceedings and other legal matters, including civil
11depositions; and

12WHEREAS, Through the Transcript Reimbursement Fund,
13court reporters fund and are responsible for providing courtroom
14transcripts to indigent litigants; and

15WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners are responsible for
16the closed captioning seen scrolling across television screens, at
17sporting stadiums, and in other community and educational settings,
18bringing information to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing
19Americans every day; and

20WHEREAS, Court reporters regularly volunteer to document
21educational events and to capture veterans’ oral histories at
22community events; and

23WHEREAS, There are an estimated 8,500 Californians working
24as court reporters and captioners; and

25WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners translate the spoken
26word into text and preserve our history; and

27WHEREAS, Whether called the scribes of yesterday or the court
28reporters and captioners of today, the individuals who preserve
29our nation’s history are truly the guardians of the record; now,
30therefore, be it

31Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
32thereof concurring,
That the Legislature proclaims February 15,
332015, through February 21, 2015, as California Court Reporting
34and Captioning Week, and requests that the Governor issue a
35proclamation calling on the people of the great State of California
36to observe the day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and
37educational activities; and be it further

P3    1Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
2of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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