Amended in Assembly June 27, 2016

Amended in Assembly February 4, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 128


Introduced by Assembly Member Brown

January 28, 2016


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 128—Relative tobegin delete the San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff Jeffery A. Hill Memorial Interchange.end deletebegin insert Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month.end insert

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 128, as amended, Brown. begin deleteSan Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff Jeffery A. Hill Memorial Interchange. end deletebegin insertSickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month.end insert

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This measure would recognize the month of September 2016 as Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month.

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This measure would designate the interchange of Interstate Routes 15 and 215 in the County of San Bernardino as the San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff Jeffery A. Hill Memorial Interchange. The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

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WHEREAS, Sickle cell anemia and sickle cell disease, used
2interchangeably, refer to a group of inherited disorders that affect
3the red blood cells; and

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WHEREAS, Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which a person’s
2body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells that resemble
3a crescent or sickle and that do not last as long as normal round
4red blood cells, which leads to anemia. The sickle cells also get
5stuck in blood vessels and block blood flow, which can cause pain
6and organ damage; and

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WHEREAS, Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder that occurs
8in individuals who are born with two sickle cell genes, each
9inherited from one parent. An individual with only one sickle cell
10gene has “sickle cell trait,” which occurs in one out of every 12
11African Americans and in one out of every 100 Latinos in the
12United States; and

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WHEREAS, According to the United States Department of
14Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health,
15approximately two million Americans carry the sickle cell trait,
16and unlike most people with sickle cell anemia, most people who
17have sickle cell trait never know they have it and can live their
18entire lives without any complications from it; and

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WHEREAS, Serious problems associated with sickle cell trait
20are rare. However, exercise-related sudden death in individuals
21who have sickle cell trait most commonly occurs in those
22undergoing intense physical exertion, such as military recruits in
23basic training and athletes during conditioning workouts; and

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WHEREAS, Individuals with sickle cell trait should not be
25excluded from physical activity, including sports, unless
26recommended by medical personnel. Instead, people should be
27educated about precautions that should be taken, including
28drinking adequate amounts of fluids, pacing training with longer
29periods of rest and recovery, avoiding participation in performance
30tests such as sprints and mile runs, and, most importantly, being
31familiar with the symptoms of overexertion; and

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WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease
33Control and Prevention, it is estimated that more than 90,000
34Americans have sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia occurs in
35one out of every 500 African American births and in one out of
36every 36,000 Latino births; and

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WHEREAS, Sickle cell anemia can be a life-threatening
38condition, and access to comprehensive care can be limited by
39social, economic, cultural, and geographic barriers; and

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WHEREAS, The average cost of hospitalization for sickle cell
2anemia in 2004 was $6,223, for more than 84,000 hospital
3admissions that year. Total hospitalization costs for individuals
4with sickle cell anemia equaled $488,000,000, of which 65 percent
5were covered by Medicaid funds; and

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WHEREAS, Individuals living with sickle cell anemia encounter
7barriers to obtaining quality care and improving their quality of
8life. These barriers include limitations in geographic access to
9comprehensive care, the varied use of effective treatments, the
10high reliance on emergency care and public health programs, and
11the limited number of health care providers with knowledge and
12experience to manage and treat sickle cell anemia; and

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WHEREAS, The Sickle Cell Anemia Control Act was signed into
14law in 1972 by President Richard Nixon after pledging that his
15administration would “reverse the record of neglect of the dreaded
16disease” by increasing funding for and expanding sickle cell
17anemia-related programs, including the development of
18comprehensive sickle cell anemia centers; and

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WHEREAS, In 1975, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of
20America, Inc., and its member organizations began conducting
21month-long events in September to call attention to sickle cell
22anemia and the need to address the problem at national and local
23levels, and chose September as National Sickle Cell Awareness
24Month in order for the public to reflect on the children and adults
25whose lives, education, and careers have been affected by this
26disease; and

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WHEREAS, Sickle cell disease is a chronic condition that can
28affect any organ, including the kidneys, lungs, and spleen. Research
29indicates that patients experience many severe complications,
30including stroke, infections, and pulmonary embolism; and

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WHEREAS, Pain is the most common complication of sickle
32cell disease and the primary reason that people with the disease
33go to the emergency room or hospital; and

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WHEREAS, While there is no widely available cure for sickle
35cell disease, emerging treatments, including medications that
36prevent blood cells from sickling, are being studied; and

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WHEREAS, A potentially groundbreaking investigational drug,
38GMI 1070, designed to treat painful vaso-occlusive crises, which
39occur when red blood cells lump together and impede blood flow
P4    1in sickle cell patients, has been found to be safe following a clinical
2trial at the University of California, Davis; and

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WHEREAS, In 2003, the Sickle Cell Treatment Act was signed
4into law; and

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WHEREAS, The effort to officially recognize Sickle Cell Anemia
6Awareness Month succeeded at the federal level in 1983 when the
7United States House of Representatives unanimously passed, and
8President Ronald Reagan signed, the first resolution introduced
9by the Congressional Black Caucus that recognized September as
10National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month; now, therefore,
11be it

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Resolved by the Assembly of the State of
13California, the Senate thereof concurring,
14that the Legislature
recognizes the month of September
152016 as Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month; and be it further

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Resolved,
That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit
17copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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18WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Jeffery Allan Hill was born on
19March 9, 1962, in Los Angeles, California, to John R. Hill and
20Ernestine Hill, and died on December 18, 1994; and

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21WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Hill devoted his life to his
22community and was passionate about helping families and young
23people; and

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24WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Hill spent the last four years of his
25life developing the Self Education Law Enforcement Family
26(S.E.L.F.) Youth Center, a nonprofit organization that provided
27classes and mentoring to African-American boys between seven
28and 17 years of age; and

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29WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Hill is survived by his wife, Linda,
30and two children, Jabrael Ali and Kaylie Rose; and

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31WHEREAS, In recognition of Deputy Sheriff Hill’s service to
32his community in both his personal and professional lives, it would
33be fitting to designate the interchange at the junction of Interstate
34Routes 15 and 215 in the County of San Bernardino in his honor;
35now, therefore, be it

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36Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
37thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates the
38interchange of Interstate Routes 15 and 215 in the County of San
39Bernardino as the San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff Jeffery
40A. Hill Memorial Interchange; and be it further

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P5    1Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested
2to determine the costs of erecting appropriate signs, consistent
3with the signing requirements for the state highway system,
4showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations
5from nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs; and
6be it further

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7Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
8of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author
9for appropriate distribution.

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