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90_HJ0069 LRB9012273DJdv 1 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, Substance abuse is our number one public health 3 threat and is a leading cause of serious social problems; and 4 WHEREAS, A study by the Columbia University Center for 5 Addiction and Substance Abuse found that 80% of prison 6 inmates were involved with drugs when they were arrested; and 7 WHEREAS, Underage drinking is the number one problem 8 among Illinois youth, and alcohol is a leading cause of 9 injury and death among youth involved in motor vehicle 10 crashes, homicides, and suicides; and 11 WHEREAS, Juvenile crime, violence, poor academic 12 performance, and school dropout are closely linked to alcohol 13 and other drug use; and 14 WHEREAS, Prevention of illegal drug use and underage 15 drinking is the responsibility of the entire community, 16 including parents, schools, business, government, and law 17 enforcement; and 18 WHEREAS, Government, in cooperation with private sector 19 leaders, must take a leading role in addressing this most 20 serious of problems; therefore, be it 21 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 22 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE 23 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Illinois General Assembly 24 shall establish a special "Red Ribbon" Committee to do the 25 following: 26 (1) Convene public hearings to accept written and verbal 27 testimony on: 28 (A) The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by 29 underage youth; 30 (B) Addiction and other ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and 31 other drug) problems; -2- LRB9012273DJdv 1 (C) The pro-legalization movement and its 2 undermining of substance abuse prevention; 3 (D) The cost of drug use to the State; and 4 (E) The need for comprehensive community-based 5 prevention. 6 (2) Report the findings of the hearings to the General 7 Assembly annually, on or before March 8 of 1999 and each year 8 thereafter. 9 (3) Initiate legislation to advance State leadership in 10 comprehensive community-based prevention. 11 (4) Encourage State legislators to play active roles in 12 engaging their constituents in prevention; and be it further 13 RESOLVED, That the Committee shall consist of 12 members, 14 appointed 3 each by the Speaker of the House of 15 Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of 16 Representatives,the President of the Senate, and the Minority 17 Leader of the Senate; and be it further 18 RESOLVED, That all members of the Committee shall be 19 appointed within 3 months after this Resolution is adopted; 20 and be it further 21 RESOLVED, That the Committee shall be chaired by 2 22 co-chairpersons, selected one each by each political party 23 represented on the Committee; and be it further 24 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this Resolution shall 25 be presented to each of the following: the Speaker of the 26 House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of 27 Representatives, the President of the Senate, the Minority 28 Leader of the Senate, and the Illinois Drug Education 29 Alliance (IDEA).
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