BILL NUMBER: SCR 146	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	RESOLUTION CHAPTER  80
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  JULY 7, 2016
	ADOPTED IN SENATE  JUNE 16, 2016
	ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY  JUNE 30, 2016

INTRODUCED BY   Senator McGuire

                        MAY 24, 2016

   Relative to California Grown Flower Month.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SCR 146, McGuire. California Grown Flower Month.
   This measure would proclaim June 2016 as California Grown Flower
Month to recognize and honor the men and women of the California
grown flower industry for their dedication and productivity.




   WHEREAS, California's flower industry dates back to the late 1870s
when Theodosia B. Shepherd was inspired to sell calla lilies grown
in her garden; and
   WHEREAS, The industry of selling grown flowers began to flourish
and by the turn of the century most towns had at least one florist;
and
   WHEREAS, In 1890, the Domoto family established California's first
commercial flower farm in Oakland; and
   WHEREAS, To this day, California still has a year-round climate
that is perfect for growing hundreds of varieties of flowers; and
   WHEREAS, California flowers are grown across 701 million square
feet spanning the distance from the City of San Diego, through the
Inland Empire to the coastal City of Carpinteria, and up to the
Oregon border; and
   WHEREAS, Arcata, California, is the largest producing region of
fresh cut tulips in the United States and is recognized nationally
for its lily and iris production, making Humboldt County a valuable
and important source of American Grown Flowers and local jobs; and
   WHEREAS, Humboldt County is a large flower producer in California
and is known for its ideal growing conditions for tulips, lilies, and
iris and is also where the legendary Stargazer Lily was originally
bred; and
   WHEREAS, California flower farmers account for approximately 80
percent of all domestically grown flowers in the United States; and
   WHEREAS, Approximately 50 percent of all California grown flowers
are distributed to wholesale and retail customers outside of the
state; and
   WHEREAS, The economic activity of California flower farmers,
wholesalers, and retail florists creates nearly 145,665 jobs in the
state; and
   WHEREAS, The total economic impact of business activity created by
California grown flower farmers', wholesalers', and retail florists'
expenditures in the state is more than $12.2 billion; and
   WHEREAS, The amount of money generated by the California grown
flower industry for additional jobs in the state is more than $12.5
million per day; and
   WHEREAS, The economic activities of California grown flower
farmers, wholesalers, and retail florists generate nearly $1.1
billion in additional taxes; and
   WHEREAS, It is appropriate for all Californians to recognize our
California grown flower farmers, wholesalers, retail florists, and
others involved in providing such a bounty to our state and the
nation; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes and honors the
men and women of the California grown flower industry for their
dedication and productivity and hereby proclaims the month of June
2016 as California Grown Flower Month; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.