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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 119
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SCR119.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
SUBSTANCE ABUSE - Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing the
Legislative Council to appoint a committee to study the issues facing the
people of Idaho in addressing substance abuse, including a consideration
and evaluation of education programs, prevention programs and treatment
alternatives, and including an estimate of the costs of such programs, with
a goal of making recommendations concerning the most efficacious use of
state funds to achieve the desired outcome.
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02/17 10th Ord - ADOPTED - 34-0-1
AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Diede, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes,
Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry,
Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner,
Stennett, Thorne, Twiggs, Wheeler, Whitworth
NAYS -- None
Absent and excused -- Davis
Floor Sponsor - Bunderson
Title apvd - to House
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE SENATE
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 119
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO
3 APPOINT A COMMITTEE TO UNDERTAKE AND COMPLETE A STUDY OF ISSUES FACING THE
4 PEOPLE OF IDAHO IN ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE ABUSE INCLUDING A CONSIDERATION
5 AND EVALUATION OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS, PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND TREATMENT
6 ALTERNATIVES WITH A GOAL OF MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE MOST
7 EFFICACIOUS USE OF STATE FUNDS TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED OUTCOME.
8 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
9 WHEREAS, the Legislative Council Interim Committee on Alcohol Laws has
10 recommended that a committee evaluate the effectiveness and adequacy of state
11 and local programs and actions dealing with substance abuse education and pre-
12 vention and recommend an appropriate program structure to deal with those
13 issues and the estimated cost of such programs and treatment programs; and
14 WHEREAS, the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court has stated that
15 alcohol and drug abuse is the largest problem facing the courts, if not the
16 whole society; and
17 WHEREAS, programs are recognized as the most responsible approach to sub-
18 stance abuse and are strongly endorsed and supported; and
19 WHEREAS, a major complication in achieving the most effective use of pub-
20 lic assets is the existence of a plethora of commendable but uncoordinated
21 programs in various agencies and many levels of government and this problem
22 was highlighted in Governor Batt's November 1998 report on substance abuse
23 programs in Idaho.
24 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
25 of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa-
26 tives concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is authorized to
27 appoint a committee of not more than eight members to undertake and complete a
28 study of issues facing the people of Idaho in addressing substance abuse. The
29 study should consider and evaluate education programs, prevention programs and
30 treatment alternatives with a goal of making recommendations concerning the
31 most efficacious use of state funds to achieve the desired outcome and an
32 estimate of annual costs to implement and operate such programs. The Legisla-
33 tive Council shall determine the number of legislators from each house
34 appointed to the committee and shall authorize the committee to hold hearings,
35 receive input, advice and assistance from interested and affected parties who
36 are not members of the legislature.
37 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report its findings, rec-
38 ommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the Second Regular Session
39 of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation authorizes Legislative Council to form an "Interim
Committee on Substance Abuse Issues" as recommended by the Interim
Committee on Alcohol and Beverage 1aws (the 1998 Committee).
The 1998 Committee found that the societal problems resulting
from substance abuse are a major concern and problem to the
citizens of Idaho and need to be addressed in a comprehensive
manner. For example:
1. The Association of Idaho Cities has undertaken a statewide
"Enough is Enough" campaign wherein every Idaho city has signed a
pledge to fight and stop the scourge of substance abuse in our
2. Idaho Supreme Court Justice, Linda Copple Trout, stated that
"The judges are single minded in their perception that drug and
alcohol addiction is the largest problem facing the courts, if
not the whole society".
3. In November 1998, Governor Batt issued his report on the
methods Idaho uses to deal with those who abuse alcohol and drugs
and found our state and local systems to be incomplete, under
funded, uncoordinated and not having adequate performance and
accountability standards and measures.
4. Over 90% of juveniles and adults in prison or on parole
suffer from some form of chemical substance addiction.
The 1998 Committee recommends that the "Interim Committee on
Substance Abuse Issues" develop a complete, seamless, coordinated
system of education, prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol
abuse within and between state and local governments.
The Committee's study should include evaluation of issues such as
the type of education needed, early/prompt intervention, detox
options, judicial alternatives, treatment in prison and while on
parole, half-way houses, etc. The Committee should develop a
conceptual design for performance, accountability and reporting
standards/measures, estimated cost net of present funding sources
and implementation time line.
Costs comparable to other interim committees.
CONTACT: Senators: Riggs, Bunderson and Dunklin
Representatives: Clark, McKague and Watson
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE SCR119