Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/09/2018 01:30 PM Senate HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

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02:42:27 PM Start
02:42:46 PM SB208
02:52:01 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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-- Meeting Postponed to 2:40 p.m. --
Moved SB 208 Out of Committee
-- Testimony <Invited and Public> --
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             SB 208-MARCH: SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH                                                                         
2:42:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON announced the consideration of SB 208.                                                                             
2:43:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BERTA  GARDNER, Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB
208, said  sobriety is  important to  Alaska because  alcohol and                                                               
substance  abuse have  negative impacts  every year.  Everyone is                                                               
affected. According to  a McDowell report, the  estimated cost of                                                               
drug and alcohol abuse to the  Alaska economy was over $3 billion                                                               
in 2015. It  is not possible to quantify the  cost in human pain,                                                               
damaged  families,  to  children, and  to  communities.  Sobriety                                                               
Month  helps  by giving  Alaskans  an  opportunity to  recognize,                                                               
promote, and celebrate sobriety. By  focusing on the solution, SB
208 gives  Alaskans an  opportunity to  celebrate those  who have                                                               
achieved sobriety.                                                                                                              
2:44:28 PM                                                                                                                    
JACOB  TATUM,   Staff,  Senator   Berta  Gardner,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented SB 208 on  behalf of the sponsor. He noted                                                               
the  importance  of  permanently recognizing  March  as  sobriety                                                               
month. SB 208 celebrates and  promotes tens of thousands who lead                                                               
healthy  lives  free of  mind  and  mood-altering substances.  He                                                               
reminded  members  that  Alaska   suffers  some  of  the  highest                                                               
substance abuse  rates in  the nation. SB  208 fosters  a culture                                                               
conscious of the state's  multifaceted substance abuse challenges                                                               
and  how  they can  ultimately  be  overcome. Sobriety  has  been                                                               
recognized as a youth protective  factor strongly correlated with                                                               
lower  rates   of  future  substance  abuse   and  positive  life                                                               
outcomes. By  recognizing a  month for sobriety,  the hope  is to                                                               
reestablish positive  social norms  and send  a message  to young                                                               
people that the majority of their  peers do not abuse alcohol and                                                               
MR. TATUM said SB 208 is  the product of the contribution of many                                                               
people  and organizations.  Sobriety Awareness  Month started  in                                                               
1989 with an  Alaska Federation of Natives  (AFN) resolution that                                                               
started  the  AFN sobriety  movement.  Musher  and activist  Mike                                                               
Williams  spearheaded the  Ididapledge  and ran  the Iditarod  in                                                               
1992   carrying   10,000   signatures  pledging   sobriety.   The                                                               
legislature first  recognized Sobriety  Awareness Month  in 1995.                                                               
Alaska was the first state in  the union to recognize sobriety as                                                               
a   lifestyle.  In   1996  Alaska   adopted  statutory   language                                                               
recognizing  and appreciating  citizens' life  of sobriety.  From                                                               
1996-2006, the legislature passed  resolutions to recognize March                                                               
Sobriety  Month. SB  208 permanently  recognizes  this month.  By                                                               
reducing the harm of substance  abuse, SB 208 is ultimately about                                                               
improving the  quality of life  for Alaskans,  their communities,                                                               
and their families.                                                                                                             
2:49:11 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON opened public testimony on SB 208.                                                                                 
2:49:27 PM                                                                                                                    
TIFFANY HALL,  Executive Director,  Recover Alaska,  supported SB
208. She  said the country  and especially Alaska have  a culture                                                               
of drinking.  Alaska has the statistics  to show it is  among the                                                               
top in sexual assault, domestic  violence, and suicide. It is not                                                               
a part  of Native  culture to  drink excessively.  Connections to                                                               
one's  traditional values  and cultural  values  is a  protective                                                               
factor. She  thanked AFN for  initiating sobriety month.  She was                                                               
just in Kiana  at a youth-led prevention  conference that Recover                                                               
Alaska  helped   to  sponsor.  What   she  heard  there   and  in                                                               
communities around  the state is  that youth are tired  of adults                                                               
drinking all the time and of  the perception that youth drink all                                                               
the time.  Research shows that 78  percent of youth do  not drink                                                               
alcohol  and   they  want  role  models   in  sobriety.  Sobriety                                                               
Awareness Month helps to fulfill and promote that purpose.                                                                      
2:51:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON closed public testimony on SB 208.                                                                                 
2:51:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE moved  to report  SB 208,  Version 30-LS1470\A,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                 
2:52:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON found no objection and SB 208 moved from the Senate                                                                
Health and Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 208 Version A.PDF SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB 208 Sponsor Statement 2.27.18.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB208-LEG-SESS-04-05-18 Fiscal Note.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB 208 AS 47.37.010.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB 208 AST Annual Drug Report 2016.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB 208 Economic Costs of Alchohol Abuse in AK MHTA.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB 208 Protective_Factors_for_Youth_Substance_Abuse_and_Delinquency.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208
SB 208 2016 AFN Resolution 16-45.pdf SHSS 4/9/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 208