California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 49


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Brown and Calderon)

March 19, 2015


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 49—Relative to the California Senior Bill of Rights.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 49, as introduced, Weber. California Senior Bill of Rights.

This measure would resolve that the Legislature and the people of California should uphold and protect the dignity and independence of older Californians by continuing the state’s commitment to provide these individuals with certain supporative programs and services.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Older Californians have worked hard all their lives
2to provide for their families, build our state. and defend our nation.
3Accordingly, for their years of service and contribution, they
4deserve a dignified, secure, and independent retirement; and

5WHEREAS, The number of Californians 60 years of age or
6older is expanding rapidly, and expected to reach nearly 12 million
7by 2030; and

8WHEREAS, Many Californians are living longer and working
9longer than in past generations; and

10WHEREAS, Older Californians rely heavily on local, state, and
11federal services, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, and
12the In-Home Supportive Services program, to help meet their needs
13for financial security, high-quality, affordable health care, and the
P2    1ability to maintain their dignity and independence by safely living
2in their homes for as long as possible; and

3WHEREAS, These programs and services, and those who
4provide them, will be of even greater importance to the safety,
5security, and well-being of older Californians as this population
6grows; and

7WHEREAS, Notwithstanding these programs and services,
8older Californians experience a higher degree of financial loss in
9times of economic downturn and are subject to greater instances
10of poverty, hunger, and homelessness; and

11WHEREAS, Increasingly, older Californians are the victims of
12fraud, scams, exploitation, and even physical abuse, which
13threatens their dignity, financial security, and access to quality
14health care; and

15WHEREAS, The Legislature recognizes the contributions and
16sacrifices that older Californians have made to the state, and also
17recognize the threats that these individuals face; now, therefore,
18be it

19Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
20thereof concurring,
That the Legislature and the people of
21California should unwaveringly uphold and protect the dignity and
22independence of older Californians by continuing the state’s
23commitment to seek and support efforts that guarantee these
24individuals all of the following: (a) financial security; (b) quality
25and affordable health care and long-term care; (c) protection from
26abuse, fraud, and exploitation; (d) a strong economy, now and for
27future generations; and (e) independence, through safe and livable
28communities with adequate housing and transportation options;
29and be it further

30Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
31of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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