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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  ACR 18
          Author:   Gordon (D), et al.
          Amended:  5/14/15 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  Read and adopted, 5/14/15

           SUBJECT:   Parks Make Life Better! Month

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This resolution declares the month of July 2015 as  
          "Parks Make Life Better!" Month.

          ANALYSIS:  This resolution makes the following legislative  

          1)The Governor, Legislature, and citizens have prioritized  
            efforts to increase physical activity, access to nature,  
            spaces for play and exercise, the arts, lifelong learning, and  
            social connections among children and adults through the  
            approval of statewide park bond programs.

          2)The 2010 California Obesity Prevention Plan states that one in  
            every nine Californian children, one in three teens, and over  
            50% of adults are overweight or obese, and that obesity  
            affects all ages, income, educational, ethnic, and disability  
            groups; and, to address obesity, the State of California must  
            ensure that all California residents have access to safe  
            places to play and be active.


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          3)Participation in physical activities can lower a citizen's  
            risk of developing chronic health problems, such as high blood  
            pressure, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes and can help  
            children grow up to be healthier adults.

          4)The Outdoor Industry Association reports that outdoor  
            recreation, both passive and active, generates more than $85  
            billion in economic activity in California, supporting nearly  
            800,000 jobs and representing a business and economic sector  
            that surpasses the aerospace and insurance industries in the  

          This resolution:

          1)Declares the month of July 2015 as "Parks Make Life Better!"  

          2)Recognizes the importance of access to local parks, trails,  
            open space, and facilities such as swimming pools, skate  
            parks, dog parks, tennis courts, nature centers, and museums,  
            for the health and development of all Californians.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified5/27/15)

          None received

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified5/27/15)


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          None received

          Prepared by: Jonas Austin / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          5/27/15 15:07:33
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