SCR 12: Relating to declaring March 2000 as Sobriety Awareness Month.
00SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 12 01 Relating to declaring March 2000 as Sobriety Awareness Month. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS it is the policy of the State of Alaska, under AS 47.37.010, "to recognize, 04 appreciate, and reinforce the example set by its citizens who lead, believe in, and support a 05 life of sobriety"; and 06 WHEREAS sobriety has been defined to mean "a positive, healthy, and productive 07 way of life, free from the devastating effects of alcohol and drugs" by more than 50 profit and 08 nonprofit organizations, community groups, and student governments throughout the state; and 09 WHEREAS these organizations, community groups, and student governments 10 constitute what is commonly referred to as a growing "sobriety movement"; and 11 WHEREAS the "sobriety movement" is interpreted as "The collective effort on the 12 part of individuals, families and communities, and public and private agencies, affected by, 13 concerned with, and working toward the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, who by 14 example encourage and support others in leading a life of sobriety"; and
01 WHEREAS the practice and benefits of leading a life of sobriety to Alaska's citizens 02 are threefold: 03 (1) improvement in the quality of life and health of individuals, families, and 04 communities; 05 (2) reduction in the incidence of alcohol and drug related crimes; 06 (3) reduction in the burden on government by not having to exhaust its 07 resources to pay for the pervasive problems caused by alcohol and drug abuse; and 08 WHEREAS March has been designated "Sobriety Awareness Month" by the Alaska 09 State Legislature and Governor Knowles every year since 1995 to recognize, appreciate, and 10 reinforce the example set by citizens who lead, believe in, and support a life of sobriety; 11 BE IT RESOLVED that the month of March 2000 should be proclaimed as Sobriety 12 Awareness Month; and be it 13 FURTHER RESOLVED that Governor Tony Knowles proclaim the same and have 14 copies of the proclamation sent to all the respective departments and departmental agencies 15 within the administration that fund or have contact with youth, schools, family services, or 16 provide rehabilitation or correctional services; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that all Alaska citizens who lead, believe in, or support a 18 life of sobriety indicate so by wearing a white ribbon of their choosing so that they may be 19 readily recognized and appreciated during Sobriety Awareness Month 2000.