REPORT TITLE:
Drug Education and Prevention


DESCRIPTION:
Creates a parent commission on drug education and prevention.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PARENT COMMISSION ON DRUG
   EDUCATION AND PREVENTION.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the criminal justice
 
 2 system of Hawaii has made significant strides in developing and
 
 3 operating prison rehabilitation programs and substance abuse
 
 4 treatment programs at the State's correctional facilities.  The
 
 5 legislature also finds, however, that there has been little
 
 6 development of educational and prevention programs that deal with
 
 7 substance abuse.  A recidivism rate of sixty per cent for
 
 8 prisoners convicted of drug-related offenses would indicate a
 
 9 great opportunity for a high return on investment of education
 
10 and prevention programs dealing with substance abuse.
 
11      The purpose of this Act is to establish a commission on drug
 
12 education and prevention to:
 
13      (1)  Increase and enhance parental involvement in educating
 
14           young people about the dangers of and serious harm
 
15           caused by alcohol and drug abuse;
 
16      (2)  Make recommendations for the development of programs
 
17           that address educational opportunities regarding
 
18           alcohol and drug abuse by young people; and
 

 
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 1      (3)  Make recommendations for administrative and legislative
 
 2           action necessary to improve the effectiveness of state
 
 3           programs related to substance abuse education and
 
 4           prevention.
 
 5      SECTION 2. (a)  There is created a parent commission on drug
 
 6 education and prevention, referred to as "the commission," within
 
 7 the department of education for administrative purposes, that
 
 8 shall:
 
 9      (1)  Formulate and delineate strategies and methods to
 
10           increase education and awareness among young people of
 
11           the seriousness of alcohol and drug abuse and the
 
12           ramifications of such abuse;
 
13      (2)  Make recommendations for the development of programs
 
14           that address educational opportunities regarding
 
15           alcohol and drug abuse by young people; and
 
16      (3)  Make recommendations for administrative and legislative
 
17           action necessary to improve the effectiveness of state
 
18           programs related to substance abuse education and
 
19           prevention among young people.
 
20      (b)  The commission shall consist of nine members appointed
 
21 by the governor pursuant to section 26-34 as follows:
 
22      (1)  Two members shall be parents with at least one child
 
23           currently enrolled in the public school system, K-12,
 

 
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 1           appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the
 
 2           president of the senate;
 
 3      (2)  Two members shall be parents with at least one child
 
 4           currently enrolled in the public school system, K-12,
 
 5           appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the
 
 6           speaker of the house of representatives;
 
 7      (3)  One member shall be a parent with at least one child
 
 8           currently enrolled in the public school system, K-12;
 
 9      (4)  One member shall be from the community at large;
 
10      (5)  One member shall be an educator from the public school
 
11           system, K-12;
 
12      (6)  One member shall be a representative of the drug
 
13           education and treatment community; and
 
14      (7)  One member shall be the probation administrator of the
 
15           judiciary.
 
16      (c)  Each member shall be appointed for a term of two years.
 
17      (d)  The commission shall select a chairperson from among
 
18 its members.
 
19      (e)  Five members shall constitute a quorum.
 
20      (f)  Vacancies shall not affect the commission's powers, and
 
21 shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
 
22      (g)  Members shall serve without pay, but shall be entitled
 
23 to reimbursement for necessary expenses, including travel
 

 
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 1 expenses, incurred on commission business.
 
 2      SECTION 3.  The commission may contract for professional
 
 3 services with a not-for-profit organization or government entity
 
 4 with expertise in substance abuse education and prevention.
 
 5      SECTION 4.  The commission shall be appointed within sixty
 
 6 days of the effective date of this legislation and shall convene
 
 7 for an initial meeting no later than October 1, 1999.  Within ten
 
 8 days of the regular session of 2000, the commission shall submit
 
 9 a preliminary report of its findings to the legislature.  Twenty
 
10 days prior to the convening session of 2001, the commission shall
 
11 submit a final report to the legislature.  One hundred twenty
 
12 days after the submission to the legislature of its final report,
 
13 the commission shall cease to exist.
 
14      SECTION 5.  There is appropriated out of the general
 
15 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $     or so much
 
16 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000 and the
 
17 same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year
 
18 2000-2001 to carry out the purposes of this Act.
 
19      SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
 
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21                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________