Advocates Rally in Sacramento to Pass AB 1694

Monday, March 22, 2010 General News J E 4

California Charge for Harm Bill will Create Jobs and Impose a New Alcohol-Related Harm Mitigation Fee on Big Alcohol

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

What: News Conference and Rally When: March 23, 2010 11:00 a.m. Where: California State Capitol Building, East Side (Facing 12th and Capitol Ave.) Who: Partial list of participants... -- Assembly Member Jim Beall (D-San Jose) -- Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director, Marin Institute -- Nan Brasmer CARA (California Alliance for Retired Americans) -- Tom Renfree, CADPAAC (County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators' Association of California) -- Tom Riley, California Academy of Family Physicians -- Lou Martinez - The Effort -- Glenn Backes - Drug Policy Alliance -- Jim Butler, CalCAP (California Council on Alcohol Problems) -- Mark Carlson, Lutheran Office of Public Policy -- Ruben Rodriguez, LA-CAP (Los Angeles Coalition on Alcohol Policy) -- John Hanley - San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 -- Greg deGiere - The Arc of California -- John Whitaker, AWARE Coalition/Tarzana Treatment Centers -- Ricki Nelsen - Self-advocate and FASD Educator -- Eva Carner - Parent and FASD Educator Why: To advocate for the passage of AB 1694, the Alcohol-Related Services Act, authored by Assembly Member Jim Beall (D-San Jose). The measure creates the Alcohol-Related Services Program. The program will be funded by a $700+ million annual mitigation fee on Big Alcohol to help cover California's annual alcohol-related trauma care, hospitalization, treatment, prevention, and criminal justice costs. The job-saving and job-creating bill will be voted on in the Assembly Health Committee at 1:30 p.m. To help legislators understand the personal losses behind the astronomical annual $38.4 billion dollar cost of alcohol-related harm in California, and the effects on a chronically under-funded health care system. To elevate visibility of the Charge for Harm Alliance - a rapidly growing, diverse, statewide network of concerned individuals, treatment and prevention service providers, cities, counties, public health officials, enforcement, labor, youth and faith-based groups deeply concerned and determined to pass a fair and meaningful alcohol-harm mitigation fee in California.

SOURCE Marin Institute


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