Amended in Assembly May 2, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 43

Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

April 4, 2013

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 43—Relative to State Capitol History Month.


ACR 43, as amended, Cooley. State Capitol History Month.

This measure would proclaim May 2013 as State Capitol History Month, in order to raise awareness of the importance of the State Capitol.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The State Capitol is visited by over one million
2tourists each year, approximately 700,000 of which are children;

4WHEREAS, After fires that destroyed the first State Capitol
5building, political issues involved with the building of the second,
6and numerous changes to the location of the Capitol city, the State
7Capitol was built in Sacramento; and

8WHEREAS, The California Gold Rush began with the discovery
9of significant gold deposits near Sacramento in 1848, which greatly
10increased Sacramento’s population; and

11WHEREAS, People from many different cultures came to
12California in search of fortune and many of those people went
13through Sacramento; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Sacramento was a major distribution center, which
2is why it was the starting point of the First Transcontinental
3Railroad; and

4WHEREAS, With the gold miners came many businesses and
5entrepreneurs that gave Sacramento an economic base and more
6to offer than other cities; and

7WHEREAS, Sacramento was more safe because it was not near
8the ocean and yet it also had access to rivers so the city could
9engage in the economy both on land and at sea; and

10WHEREAS, It took 14 years to complete the building of the
11State Capitol in Sacramento; and

12WHEREAS, People of diverse cultures from all over the world
13that had settled in Sacramento were involved in the building of
14the State Capitol; and

15WHEREAS, The State Capitol was declared unsafe inbegin delete 1975end delete
16begin insert 1972end insert, but the Assembly and the Senate refused to move to a new
17building because the State Capitol had been their home for over
18100 years; and

19WHEREAS, The restoration project of the State Capitol was
20the most extensive effort of its kind in the Western Hemisphere;

22WHEREAS, The original State Capitol cornerstone was laid on
23May 15, 1861, and during the restoration the cornerstone was relaid
24on May 18, 1978; and

25WHEREAS, The State Capitol evokes a spirit of pride and
26confidence in California; now, therefore, be it

27Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
28thereof concurring,
That the Legislature recognizes May 2013 as
29State Capitol History Month, in order to raise awareness of the
30importance of the State Capitol; and be it further

31Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
32of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.