California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 113

Introduced by Assembly Member Hagman

February 25, 2014

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 113—Relative to epilepsy awareness.


ACR 113, as introduced, Hagman. Epilepsy awareness.

This measure would proclaim March 26, 2014, as Purple Day to increase epilepsy awareness.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Epilepsy is a neurological disorder producing brief
2disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain that
3temporarily affects a person’s consciousness, bodily movements,
4or sensations, while creating long-term effects on the lifestyle of
5individuals with epilepsy; and

6WHEREAS, One in 26 people will develop epilepsy and one
7in 10 people will have an epileptic seizure during his or her
8lifetime; and

9WHEREAS, Epilepsy can affect anyone regardless of their
10gender, race, age, religion, educational background, or
11socioeconomic status; and

12WHEREAS, More people suffer from epilepsy than from
13Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and
14cerebral palsy combined; and

15WHEREAS, Epilepsy affects more than 65 million people
16worldwide; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Although there is no known cure for epilepsy,
2existing drug therapy, surgery, and other nonpharmacological
3treatments enable approximately 80 percent of individuals with
4epilepsy to lead normal lives with no seizures or a significant
5reduction in seizures; and

6WHEREAS, Epilepsy is a complex disorder that requires further
7research to find a cure and prevention; and

8WHEREAS, The public is often unable to recognize common
9seizure types or to respond with appropriate first aid, and

10WHEREAS, The annual observance of Purple Day on March
1126 advocates for the rights, humane treatment, and appropriate
12education of all persons with epilepsy, while raising awareness
13with families, professionals, and the general public to better
14understand this lifelong disorder; now, therefore, be it

15Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
16thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby proclaims March
1726, 2014, as Purple Day and invites all Californians to participate
18by wearing purple and calls upon all citizens, government agencies,
19public and private institutions, businesses, and schools to recommit
20our community to increasing awareness and understanding of
21epilepsy through education while ensuring that all individuals with
22epilepsy lead a full and productive life; and be it further

23Resolved, that the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
24of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.