BILL NUMBER: ACR 62	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JULY 5, 2007

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member DeSaulnier
   (Principal coauthor: Senator Torlakson)
   (Coauthor: Assembly Member Wolk)
   (Coauthors: Senators Perata and Wiggins)

                        JUNE 20, 2007

   Relative to the Congressman George Miller Benicia-Martinez Bridge.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 62, as amended, DeSaulnier. Congressman George Miller
Benicia-Martinez Bridge.
   This measure would designate the new northbound Benicia-Martinez
Bridge as the Congressman George Miller Benicia-Martinez Bridge. The
measure would also request the Department of Transportation to
determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special
designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources
covering that cost, to erect those signs.
   Fiscal committee: yes.



   WHEREAS, George Miller was born in Richmond, California, on May
17, 1945; and
   WHEREAS, George Miller graduated from San Francisco State
University and received his law degree from the University of
California, Davis; and
   WHEREAS, George Miller thereafter served on the staff of former
State Senate Majority Leader George Moscone; and
   WHEREAS, George Miller has been a member of the United States
Congress, representing the Seventh District of California since 1975;
and
   WHEREAS, Congressman Miller's myriad achievements include
authoring the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 and
other  laws concerning environmental protection and resource
management, energy policy, child care, mental health, aid to victims
of domestic violence, and numerous education reforms; and
   WHEREAS, Congressman Miller has consistently championed federal
support for California's diverse, multimodal transportation system.
His work was instrumental in accomplishing all of the following:
extending the BART rail system, upgrading the Vallejo Baylink ferry
service, reconfiguring the interchange of  State Highway
Routes 680 and   Interstate Route 680 and State Highway
Route  24, establishing the intermodal rail and bus stations in
Martinez and Richmond, widening State Highway Route 4 between
Martinez and Hercules and between Pacheco and Pittsburg, and
advancing the soon-to-be-built Vallejo Station complex; and
   WHEREAS, Congressman Miller has been a tireless advocate for
children and was one of the four original authors of the historic No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which passed with strong bipartisan
support in 2001 and was signed into law in 2002. Reflecting
Congressman Miller's ability to reach across party lines, the act
fulfilled many of his longstanding legislative efforts to improve
teacher quality  retirements   requirements
 , to hold schools accountable for the education of all
children, and to provide federal financial support to meet the act's
goals; and
   WHEREAS, In January 2007, Congressman Miller was elected by his
colleagues to serve as chairman of the House Education and Labor
Committee, a panel on which he has served since his arrival in
Congress and as Senior Democrat since 2001; and
   WHEREAS, Congressman Miller continues to serve on the House
Natural Resources Committee, a panel he chaired from 1991 to 1994;
and
   WHEREAS, Congressman Miller orchestrated a federal and state
effort to meet technical and environmental challenges created by
construction of the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge, an effort that led
to several important engineering advances, including the use of
pumped air to create a bubble curtain around underwater pile driving
to protect migratory fish from potentially lethal shockwaves; and
   WHEREAS, The new Benicia-Martinez Bridge links the Contra Costa
County and Solano County portions of the Seventh Congressional
District; and
   WHEREAS, The original Benicia-Martinez Bridge, which opened in
1962, was designated the George Miller, Jr., Memorial Bridge in 1975
to honor Congressman Miller's father, who represented Contra Costa
County in the California State Assembly from 1947 to 1948, and in the
California State Senate from 1949 until his death in 1969; now,
therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the contributions
made by Congressman George Miller and the unique circumstance that
the new northbound Benicia-Martinez Bridge runs adjacent to the
existing George Miller, Jr., Memorial Bridge, and hereby designates
the new northbound Benicia-Martinez Bridge as the Congressman George
Miller Benicia-Martinez Bridge; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to
determine the cost of appropriate signs, consistent with the signing
requirements for the state highway system, showing this special
designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources
sufficient to cover that cost, to erect those signs; and be it
further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the Department of Transportation and to the author
for appropriate distribution.