BILL NUMBER: ACR 68	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 15, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JULY 12, 2011

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Portantino, Ammiano, Galgiani,
Gatto, and Hill
   (Principal coauthors: Senators Cannella, La Malfa, and Wyland)

                        JUNE 8, 2011

   Relative to the Italian American Legislator Project.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 68, as amended, Portantino. Italian American Heritage in
California.
   This measure would continue designation and observance of the
month of October as Italian American Heritage Month. This measure
would also encourage the Legislature to continue the Italian American
Legislator Project and welcome the exhibit "The Italian American
Legislator Project of 2011: A Legacy of Service to the California
Legislature" to the State Capitol Building in October 2011 and
encourage all Californians, through the K-12 curriculum and
otherwise, to learn about the history, role, and contributions of
Italian Americans to the State of California.
   Fiscal committee: no.



   WHEREAS, People of Italian descent have participated in American
politics and government since the beginning of United States history,
and have served as Members of the California State Legislature
almost since its first session held on December 15, 1849; and
   WHEREAS, "The Italian American Legislator Project of 2011: A
Legacy of Service to the California Legislature" (the Legacy Project)
was recently launched to identify and compile a list of persons of
Italian American heritage who have served as Members of the houses of
the California Legislature. This project was initiated by the office
of Assembly Member Anthony Portantino and the California Italian
American Task Force with assistance from the California Research
Bureau, the Office of the Chief Clerk, the Italian American Museum of
Los Angeles, Lawrence DiStasi, former-Senate President pro Tempore
David Roberti, other  previously-serving  
previously serving  Italian American legislators, and the staff
of various  currently-serving   currently
serving  Italian American legislators; and
   WHEREAS, The Legacy Project survey has already identified 51
Italian Americans who are former or current members of the California
Senate and Assembly; this is the first time that a comprehensive
list of Italian American legislators has been compiled; and
   WHEREAS, Compiling the tentative Legacy Project list reveals a
complex but highly successful journey of Italian Americans in the
United States and California. A names-only search provided limited
assistance for this project, making this project partly reliant on
oral recollections, intergenerational confirmations, and documents
not readily accessible to the public. Many names were altered
deliberately or by error at Ellis Island or by government and school
personnel. Some names were changed during times of open
discrimination to gain employment, social acceptance, protect
children, or avoid stereotyping, and other names were simply changed
through marriage; and
   WHEREAS, The following Italian American legislators have been
identified by surveyors who believe that further searches are needed
to find other persons not listed or that further confirmation is
needed to positively affirm the heritage of those persons listed with
an asterisk:
   1. Tom Ammiano (Assembly, 2008-Present)
   2. John Badaracco (Assembly, 1919, 1921, 1923)
   3. Bill Bagley (Assembly, 1961-74)
   4. Frank Belotti (Assembly, 1951-72)
   5. Patty Berg (Mazzarelli) (Assembly, 2003-08)
   6. Paula Boland (Assembly, 1990-96)
   7.  *Frank   Frank    G.
Bonelli (Assembly, 1954-58)
   8. William Bonelli (1930-32)
   9. Tom Bordonaro (Assembly, 1994-98)
   10. *Douglas Bosco (Assembly, 1978-80)
   11. Marilyn Cerolini Brewer (Assembly, 1994-2000)
   12. Anthony Caminetti (Assembly, 1883, 1897, 1899; Senate, 1887,
1889, 1907-13)
   13. Joseph Canciamilla (Assembly, 2000-06)
   14. Victor Canepa (Assembly, 1913, 1915; Senate, 1917-21, 1927,
1929)
   15. Anthony Cannella (Senate, 2010-Present)
   16. Sal Cannella (Assembly, 1990-96)
   17. August Cavagnaro (Assembly, 1901)
   18. Eugene A. Chappie (Assembly, 1965-75)
   19. Larry Chimbole (Assembly, 1976-78)
   20. Dominic Cortese (Assembly, 1981-96)
   21. Vic Fazio (Assembly, 1975-78)
   22. Dr. William Filante (Assembly, 1979-92)
   23. Cathleen Galgiani (Assembly, 2006-Present)
   24. Mike Gatto (Assembly, 2010-Present)
   25. Arlen Gregorio (Senate, 1970-78)
   26. Jerry Hill (Assembly, 2008-Present)
   27. Wally Knox (Assembly, 1994-2000)
   28. Robert Lagomarsino (Senate, 1961-74)
   29. Doug LaMalfa (Assembly, 2002-08; Senate, 2010-Present)
    30. Paul J. Lunardi (Assembly, 1959-63; Senate, 1963-66)
   31. Ennio Martinelli (Senate, 1909, 1911)
   32. Bob Moretti (Assembly, 1965-74)
   33. George Moscone (Senate, 1967-76)
   34. Roger Niello (Assembly, 2004-10)
   35. Egisto Palmieri (Senate, 1885)
   36. Joseph Pedrotti (Assembly, 1921, 1923; Senate, 1925-29, 1931)
   37. Don Perata (Assembly, 1996-98; Senate, 1998-2008)
   38. Anthony Pescetti (Assembly, 1999-2002)
   39. George Plescia (Assembly, 2002-08)
   40. Anthony Portantino (Assembly, 2006-Present)
   41. Paul Priolo (Assembly, 1967-80)
   42. David Roberti (Assembly, 1967-71; Senate, 1971-94)
   43. James Rogan (Assembly, 1994-96)
   44. Don Sebastiani (Assembly, 1980-86)
   45. Augustus D. Splivalo (Assembly, 1867)
   46. Alfred Taliaferro (Assembly, 1852; Senate, 1857, 1858)
   47. Mike Thompson (Senate, 1990-98)
   48. Charles P. Vicini (Assembly, 1917-19)
   49. Catherine Marinelli Wright (Assembly, 1980-92; Senate,
1993-2000)
    50. Mark Wyland (Assembly, 2000-06; Senate, 2006-Present)
    51. *Louis Zocchi (Assembly, 1895)
   WHEREAS, Italian American legislators have left a legacy of
political leadership and accomplishments. Two Italian American
legislators, David Roberti (1980-94) and Don Perata (2004-08), have
served as Presidents pro Tempore of the Senate, and one Italian
American legislator, Bob Moretti (1971-74), has served as Speaker of
the Assembly; and
   WHEREAS, Eight Italian Americans currently serve in the California
Legislature, three in the Senate and five in the Assembly; and
   WHEREAS, California's Italian American legislators have worked
together to represent the interests of the Italian American people of
California, and have authored several pieces of legislation seeking
to include in the K-12 curriculum the history, role, and
contributions of Italian Americans, and resolutions designating
October as Italian American Heritage Month, and have sponsored annual
exhibits in the State Capitol capturing over 180 years of Italian
American history in California; and
   WHEREAS, Columbus Day, observed on October 12 of each year, is a
holiday of special significance to Italian Americans in the United
States and California, and the designation of October as Italian
American Heritage Month is recognition of the significant impact
Italian Americans have made to the rich cultural fabric of California
and the lives of all its residents; and
   WHEREAS, The 2000 Census counted 1,450,885 Italian Americans in
California, constituting 4.3 percent of the state's population and
the third largest Italian American population in the United States;
and
   WHEREAS, Italian Americans have made enormous contributions to the
economic and cultural development and success of California, and
Italian American legislators have made important contributions to the
political life of California through their dedication to public
service; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the month of October continue to be
designated Italian American Heritage Month; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature maintain and continue to update the
Legacy Project and continue annual observances of Italian American
Heritage Month; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature welcomes the exhibit "The Italian
American Legislator Project of 2011: A Legacy of Service to the
California Legislature" to the State Capitol Building during the
month of October; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature encourages all Californians,
through the K-12 curriculum and otherwise, to learn about the
history, role, and contributions of Italian Americans to the State of
California.