Bill Text: CA ACR59 | 2009-2010 | Regular Session | Chaptered
California Assembly Concurrent Resolution 59 (Prior Session Legislation)
Bill Title: Crime Victims' Rights Week. [Track Bill]
Status: 2009-05-20 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 33, Statutes of 2009. [ACR59 Detail]
BILL NUMBER: ACR 59 CHAPTERED BILL TEXT RESOLUTION CHAPTER 33 FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 20, 2009 ADOPTED IN SENATE MAY 14, 2009 ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 30, 2009 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 30, 2009 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 29, 2009 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Members Nielsen and Ma (Coauthors: Assembly Members Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Bass, Beall, Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block, Blumenfield, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Duvall, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Krekorian, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Mendoza, Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello, John A. Perez, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Price, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Solorio, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Tran, and Yamada) (Coauthors: Senators Correa and Denham) APRIL 13, 2009 Relative to Crime Victims' Rights Week. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST ACR 59, Nielsen. Crime Victims' Rights Week. This measure would recognize the week of April 26, 2009, through May 2, 2009, as Crime Victims' Rights Week. WHEREAS, Violent crime continues to exist in California and crime in one part of the state, or against one person, affects our entire sense of well-being; and WHEREAS, All Californians are affected by crime, not just the victims of violent crime; and WHEREAS, The most effective aid that can be provided to victims of crime is to prevent crime from taking place in the first place; and WHEREAS, Since 1981, National Crime Victims' Rights Week has raised awareness of the special needs of crime victims; and WHEREAS, The theme for this commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act"; and WHEREAS, 2009 is a landmark year for crime victims and survivors and those who serve them; and WHEREAS, The respect and protection of victims' rights within the legal process is one of the most critical components of an effective criminal justice system; and WHEREAS, Victims and witnesses of crime require special attention to ensure that they are thoroughly informed about, and participate effectively in, the criminal justice system; and WHEREAS, To the maximum extent allowed by law, victims of violent crime should receive compensation for their losses; and WHEREAS, Each day, thousands of victims and witnesses receive assistance from victim support organizations, victim-witness assistance centers, private service providers, and state and local governments; and WHEREAS, The criminal justice system in this state must persist in its effort to better coordinate and improve the quality of services provided to victims and witnesses; and WHEREAS, California citizens enshrined victims' rights in the California Constitution in 1982 through the passage of Proposition 8, the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights; and WHEREAS, California citizens reaffirmed and afforded additional rights to victims in the California Constitution and under California Law in 2008 through the passage of Proposition 9, the Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Law; and WHEREAS, Each year, the observance of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week focuses on the problems confronting victims of crime and the services available to support these victims; and WHEREAS, The remembrances observed during National Crime Victims' Rights Week promote awareness of victim issues and acknowledge the combined efforts of citizens, government, and the criminal justice system to improve victims' services in California; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring,That the Legislature hereby recognizes the week of April 26, 2009, through May 2, 2009, as Crime Victims' Rights Week in California; and be it further Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.