HB 296: "An Act creating the Alaska marijuana use prevention youth services grant program; creating the Alaska marijuana use prevention, education, and treatment fund; relating to the duties of the Alaska Children's Trust Board; creating the marijuana use education and treatment program; and relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 296 01 "An Act creating the Alaska marijuana use prevention youth services grant program; 02 creating the Alaska marijuana use prevention, education, and treatment fund; relating 03 to the duties of the Alaska Children's Trust Board; creating the marijuana use 04 education and treatment program; and relating to the duties of the Department of 05 Health and Social Services." 06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 07 * Section 1. AS 17.38 is amended by adding new sections to read: 08 Sec. 17.38.400. Alaska marijuana use prevention youth services grant 09 program. (a) The Alaska marijuana use prevention youth services grant program is 10 created to provide funding, training, and technical assistance for community-based and 11 statewide prevention programs that reduce initiation of marijuana use by minors, 12 promote cessation of marijuana use among minors, reduce access of minors to 13 marijuana products, and reduce exposure of minors to impaired driving dangers from
01 marijuana use. 02 (b) The Alaska Children's Trust Board established under AS 37.14.225 shall 03 (1) administer the Alaska marijuana use prevention youth services 04 grant program; 05 (2) subject to appropriation, make grant awards from the fund 06 established under AS 17.38.410; and 07 (3) survey the need for trained professionals working in entities 08 described in (c)(1) - (3) of this section, develop a plan to address the need for trained 09 professionals, and assist in implementing training for the plan. 10 (c) The board may award grants to eligible entities, specifying the amount and 11 duration of each grant. The board may only award grants that have a duration of three 12 years or less. The board shall award grants with equitable consideration for urban and 13 rural entities. To be eligible for a grant, an entity must 14 (1) be exempt from federal taxation under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) 15 (Internal Revenue Code), a federally recognized tribe or tribal organization, a 16 municipal or state government, or a school; 17 (2) provide recreational, educational, and character-building programs 18 for children during out-of-school time; and 19 (3) address the following three development areas: 20 (A) marijuana use prevention through outcome-based curricula; 21 (B) adult and peer mentoring; and 22 (C) opportunities for positive, pro-social leisure and 23 recreational activities. 24 (d) The board shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out the program. At a 25 minimum, the regulations must include 26 (1) the procedures and timeline to apply for a grant; 27 (2) the application contents; 28 (3) the criteria for selecting grant recipients and the maximum amount 29 a recipient may receive; and 30 (4) reporting requirements for entities that receive grants. 31 (e) Notwithstanding the definition of "board" in AS 17.38.900, in this section,
01 "board" means the Alaska Children's Trust Board established in AS 37.14.225. 02 Sec. 17.38.410. Alaska marijuana use prevention, education, and 03 treatment fund. (a) The Alaska marijuana use prevention, education, and treatment 04 fund is created as an account in the general fund. The fund consists of appropriations 05 and donations to the fund. The legislature may appropriate 50 percent of the total tax 06 revenue received under AS 43.61.010, or any other revenue, to the fund. 07 Appropriations to the account do not lapse. 08 (b) The legislature may make equal appropriations from the fund for the 09 (1) Alaska marijuana use prevention youth services grant program 10 established in AS 17.38.400; and 11 (2) marijuana use education and treatment program established in 12 AS 44.29.020(a). 13 (c) The legislature may make appropriations from the fund for the cost of 14 administering the grant program established in AS 17.38.400. The administrative costs 15 may not exceed 10 percent of the total value of the fund in a fiscal year. 16 (d) Nothing in this section creates a dedicated fund. 17 * Sec. 2. AS 37.14.230(a) is amended to read: 18 (a) The board shall 19 (1) hold regular and special meetings it considers necessary; the board 20 may hold meetings by teleconference; 21 (2) award grants from the grant account to community-based programs 22 that the board finds will aid in the prevention of child abuse and neglect; 23 (3) monitor approved programs for compliance with AS 37.14.200 - 24 37.14.270 and specified grant conditions; 25 (4) maintain records for all donations to the trust and the grant account; 26 the records must reflect the amount of the donation, the date of the donation, the 27 donor's intent, if any, with respect to how the donation is to be used, the account into 28 which the donation was deposited, and the manner in which the donation was 29 expended; 30 (5) apply for and use funds from the grant account to obtain private 31 and federal grants for the prevention of child abuse and neglect;
01 (6) solicit contributions, gifts, and bequests to the trust and the grant 02 account; 03 (7) keep electronic recordings of each meeting of the board to be made 04 available on request; 05 (8) submit to the governor and make available to the legislature by 06 February 1 each year a report describing 07 (A) the child abuse and neglect prevention services that were 08 provided by the programs to which the board awarded grants; and 09 (B) the annual level of contributions, income, and expenses of 10 the trust and the grant account; 11 (9) make arrangements with the commissioner or a financial 12 depository to manage private restricted-use donations that are not fully expended and 13 account for any interest earned on the donations; and 14 (10) administer the Alaska marijuana use prevention youth 15 services grant program established in AS 17.38.400. 16 * Sec. 3. AS 43.61.010(c) is amended to read: 17 (c) The recidivism reduction fund is established in the general fund. The 18 Department of Administration shall separately account for 50 percent of the tax 19 collected under this section and deposit it into the recidivism reduction fund. The 20 legislature may appropriate the remaining 50 percent of the tax collected under 21 this section to the Alaska marijuana use prevention, education, and treatment 22 fund established in AS 17.38.410. 23 * Sec. 4. AS 43.61.010(d) is amended to read: 24 (d) The legislature may use the annual estimated balance in the recidivism 25 reduction fund to make appropriations to the Department of Corrections, the 26 Department of Health and Social Services, or the Department of Public Safety for 27 recidivism reduction programs. 28 * Sec. 5. AS 44.29.020(a) is amended to read: 29 (a) The Department of Health and Social Services shall administer the state 30 programs of public health and social services, including 31 (1) maternal and child health services;
01 (2) preventive medical services; 02 (3) public health nursing services; 03 (4) nutrition services; 04 (5) health education; 05 (6) laboratories; 06 (7) mental health treatment and diagnosis; 07 (8) management of state institutions, except for adult penal institutions; 08 (9) medical facilities; 09 (10) adult public assistance; 10 (11) Alaska temporary assistance program; 11 (12) child welfare services; 12 (13) general relief; 13 (14) a comprehensive smoking education, tobacco use prevention, and 14 tobacco control program; to the maximum extent possible, the department shall 15 administer the program required under this paragraph by grant or contract with one or 16 more organizations in the state; the department's program must include 17 (A) a community-based tobacco use prevention and cessation 18 component addressing the needs of youth and adults that includes use of 19 cessation aids such as a nicotine patch or a nicotine gum tobacco substitute; 20 (B) youth-based efforts that involve youth in the design and 21 implementation of tobacco control efforts; 22 (C) anti-tobacco counter-marketing targeting both youth and 23 adult populations designed to communicate messages to help prevent youth 24 initiation of tobacco use, promote cessation among tobacco users, and educate 25 the public about the lethal effects of exposure to secondhand smoke; 26 (D) tobacco use surveys of youth and adult populations 27 concerning knowledge, awareness, attitude, and use of tobacco products; and 28 (E) an enforcement component; 29 (15) the Alaska Pioneers' Home and the Alaska Veterans' Home; 30 (16) licensure and regulation of child care facilities; 31 (17) a comprehensive marijuana use education and treatment
01 program; to the maximum extent possible, the department shall administer the 02 program by grant or contract with one or more organizations in the state; the 03 program must include 04 (A) a community-based marijuana misuse prevention 05 component; 06 (B) marijuana public education designed to 07 (i) communicate messages to prevent youth initiation 08 of marijuana use; 09 (ii) educate the public on the effects of marijuana 10 use; and 11 (iii) educate the public on marijuana laws; 12 (C) surveying of youth and adult populations concerning 13 knowledge, awareness, attitude, and use of marijuana products; 14 (D) monitoring of public health status related to 15 consequences of marijuana use; and 16 (E) substance abuse screening, brief intervention, referral, 17 and treatment.