Amended in Assembly May 7, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 49


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

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March 19, 2015


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

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 49, as amended, 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.
P1    1Accordingly, for their years of service and contribution, they
2deserve a dignified, secure, and independent retirement; and

3WHEREAS, The number of Californians 60 years of age or
4older is expanding rapidly, and expected to reach nearly 12 million
5by 2030; and

6WHEREAS, Many Californians are living longer and working
7longer than in past generations; and

8WHEREAS, Older Californians rely heavily on local, state, and
9federal services, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, and
10the In-Home Supportive Services program, to help meet their needs
11for financial security, high-quality, affordable health care, and the
12ability to maintain their dignity and independence by safely living
13in their homes for as long as possible; and

14WHEREAS, These programs and services, and those who
15provide them, will be of even greater importance to the safety,
16security, and well-being of older Californians as this population
17grows; and

18WHEREAS, Notwithstanding these programs and services,
19older Californians experience a higher degree of financial loss in
20times of economic downturn and are subject to greater instances
21of poverty, hunger, and homelessness; and

22WHEREAS, Increasingly, older Californians are the victims of
23fraud, scams, exploitation, and even physical abuse, which
24threatens their dignity, financial security, and access to quality
25health care; and

26WHEREAS, The Legislature recognizes the contributions and
27sacrifices that older Californians have made to the state, and also
28recognize the threats that these individuals face; now, therefore,
29be it

30Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
31thereof concurring,
That the Legislature and the people of
32California should unwaveringly uphold and protect the dignity and
33independence of older Californians by continuing the state’s
34commitment to seek and support efforts that guarantee these
35individuals all of the following: (a) financial security; (b) quality
36and affordable health care and long-term care; (c) protection from
37abuse, fraud, and exploitation; (d) a strong economy, now and for
38future generations; and (e) independence, through safe and livable
39communities with adequate housing and transportation options;
40and be it further

P3    1Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
2of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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