Amended in Assembly February 19, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 20

Introduced by Assembly Member Mark Stone

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, and Wood)

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February 9, 2015

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


ACR 20, as amended, 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.

P2    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;

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

13WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln entrusted scribes to
14record the Emancipation Proclamation; and

15WHEREAS, Since the advent of shorthand machines, these
16scribes have been known as court reporters and have played a
17permanent and invaluable role across our country; and

18WHEREAS, Court reporters are present in the California State
19Legislature, preserving legislators’ words and actions; and

20WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners are responsible for
21keeping a complete, accurate, secure, and unbiased record of
22courtroom proceedings and other legal matters, including civil
23depositions; and

24WHEREAS, Through the Transcript Reimbursement Fund,
25court reporters fund and are responsible for providing courtroom
26transcripts to indigent litigants; and

27WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners are responsible for
28the closed captioning seen scrolling across television screens, at
29sporting stadiums, and in other community and educational settings,
30bringing information to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing
31Americans every day; and

32WHEREAS, Court reporters regularly volunteer to document
33educational events and to capture veterans’ oral histories at
34community events; and

35WHEREAS, There are an estimated 8,500 Californians working
36as court reporters and captioners; and

37WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners translate the spoken
38word into text and preserve our history; and

39WHEREAS, Whether called the scribes of yesterday or the court
40reporters and captioners of today, the individuals who preserve
P3    1our nation’s history are truly the guardians of the record; now,
2therefore, be it

3Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
4thereof concurring,
That the Legislature proclaims February 15,
52015, through February 21, 2015, as California Court Reporting
6and Captioning Week, and requests that the Governor issue a
7proclamation calling on the people of the great State of California
8to observe the day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and
9educational activities; and be it further

10Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
11of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.