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HCR 9: Relating to declaring March 2003 as Sobriety Awareness Month.

00                    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 9                                                                    
01 Relating to declaring March 2003 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;                                
09 and                                                                                                                     
10       WHEREAS these organizations, community groups, and student governments                                          
11 constitute what is commonly referred to as a growing "sobriety movement"; and                                           
12       WHEREAS the "sobriety movement" is interpreted as "[t]he collective effort on the                               
13 part of individuals, families and communities, and public and private agencies, affected by,                            
14 concerned with, and working toward the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, who by                                     
15 example encourage and support others in leading a life of sobriety"; and                                                
16       WHEREAS the practice and benefits of leading a life of sobriety to Alaska's citizens                            
01 are threefold:                                                                                                          
02            (1)  improvement in the quality of life and health of individuals, families, and                             
03 communities;                                                                                                            
04            (2)  reduction in the incidence of alcohol and drug related crimes;                                          
05            (3)  reduction in the burden on government by not having to exhaust its                                      
06 resources to pay for the pervasive problems caused by alcohol and drug abuse; and                                       
07       WHEREAS March has been designated "Sobriety Awareness Month" by the Alaska                                      
08 State Legislature and the governor every year since 1995 to recognize, appreciate, and                                  
09 reinforce the example set by citizens who lead, believe in, and support a life of sobriety;                             
10       BE IT RESOLVED that the month of March 2003 should be proclaimed as Sobriety                                    
11 Awareness Month; and be it                                                                                              
12       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests                                        
13 Governor Frank Murkowski to proclaim the same and have copies of the proclamation sent to                               
14 all the respective departments and departmental agencies within the administration that fund                            
15 or have contact with youth, schools, family services, or provide rehabilitation or correctional                         
16 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, March 2003.