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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HCR 19                                                                                                         
01 Supporting Recover Alaska in its efforts to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and its                                
02 effects.                                                                                                                
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04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
05      WHEREAS excessive alcohol consumption negatively affects all Alaskans and is a                                   
06 contributing factor in many cases of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, fetal alcohol                          
07 spectrum disorders, suicide, homelessness, violent crime, incarceration, and death; and                                 
08      WHEREAS excessive alcohol consumption in the state harms the individual who                                      
09 over-consumes the alcohol, the individual's spouse and children, innocent strangers, and the                            
10 public at large; and                                                                                                    
11      WHEREAS excessive alcohol consumption is a deeply ingrained practice among                                       
12 many teenagers, college students, and adults in the state; and                                                          
13      WHEREAS, although efforts to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol                                         
14 consumption may present an overwhelming challenge, doing nothing to reduce the harm is                                  
15 unacceptable; and                                                                                                       
16      WHEREAS Recover Alaska was formed by a group of concerned state residents that                                   
17 includes representatives of the court and criminal justice systems, health care professionals,                          
01 and public officials, including members of the Alaska State Legislature; and                                            
02      WHEREAS Recover Alaska is pursuing strategies with a variety of stakeholders to                                  
03 effect long-term change, including                                                                                      
04           (1)  a statewide comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy for                                        
05 reduction of harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption, especially among children and                                
06 teenagers;                                                                                                              
07           (2)  development of a one-stop shop where Alaskans may find accurate                                          
08 information and referral services for prevention and treatment of and recovery from excessive                           
09 alcohol consumption; and                                                                                                
10           (3)  revision of state statutes governing the sale and distribution of alcohol;                               
11      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports Recover Alaska and its                                 
12 work to reduce the harm caused by excessive consumption of alcohol in the state.                                        
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