Advocates Rally in Sacramento to Pass AB 1694

March 22, 2010

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
           -- 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.


    Contact:  Michael Scippa 415/548-0492
              Jorge Castillo 213/840-3336

SOURCE Marin Institute

Source: newswire

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