PRINTER'S NO. 250
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
61
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY GLEIM, HENNESSEY, MEHAFFIE, DiGIROLAMO, ROTHMAN,
BURNS, BIZZARRO, RYAN, HILL-EVANS, KORTZ, MURT, READSHAW,
BERNSTINE, FREEMAN, LONGIETTI, MILLARD, OBERLANDER AND
SAYLOR, JANUARY 30, 2019
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
JANUARY 30, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating the week of February 11 through 17, 2019, as "Court
Reporting and Captioning Week" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, For millennia, individuals have wanted the spoken
word translated into text to record history and, to accomplish
this task, have relied on scribes; and
WHEREAS, The profession of scribe was born with the rise of
civilization; and
WHEREAS, In Ancient Egypt, scribes were considered to be the
literate elite, recording laws and other important documents
and, since that time, have served as impartial witnesses to
history; and
WHEREAS, Scribes were present with our nation's founding
fathers as the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights
were drafted; and
WHEREAS, President Lincoln entrusted scribes to record the
Emancipation Proclamation; and
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WHEREAS, Since the advent of shorthand machines, these
scribes have been known as court reporters and have played a
permanent and invaluable role in courtrooms across our country;
and
WHEREAS, Court reporters work in the General Assembly
preserving members' words and actions; and
WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners are responsible for
the closed-captioning seen scrolling across television screens,
at sporting stadiums and in other community and education
settings, bringing information to millions of deaf and hearing-
impaired Americans every day; and
WHEREAS, Court reporters and captioners translate the spoken
word into text and preserve our history; and
WHEREAS, Whether called the scribes of yesterday or the court
reporters and captioners of today, the individuals who preserve
our nation's history are truly the guardians of the record;
therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
week of February 11 through 17, 2019, as "Court Reporting and
Captioning Week" in Pennsylvania and call on the people of this
Commonwealth to observe the week with appropriate programs,
ceremonies and educational activities.
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