Assembly Health Committee to Consider Alcohol Fee Bill by San Jose Assemblyman...

Assembly Health Committee to Consider Alcohol Fee Bill by San Jose Assemblyman Jim Beall

It's Time to Charge for Harm!


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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

What: State Capitol Press Conference

When: Monday, April 20, 2009, 10 a.m.

Where: State Capitol, Room 1190, Sacramento, CA

Why: AB 1019, a bill to create the Alcohol Related Services Act goes before the Assembly Health Committee. The measure would generate $1.4 billion in fees to help mitigate the $38 billion Californians spend annually on alcohol-related accidents, deaths, injuries, trauma costs, treatment, law enforcement, and criminal justice expenditures.

The bill, introduced in March, has since been amended to create a fee that can be adopted by a majority vote of the Legislature. The last state increase on alcohol occurred in 1991. AB 1019, a fee on the distributor, is equivalent to 10 cents per 1.5-ounce serving of distilled spirits; a 5-ounce glass of wine; and 12-ounce glass of beer

Currently, the alcohol industry bears no economic responsibility for the problems its products cause. California lags in charging for alcohol harm compared to the progress made in tobacco control during the last 40 years.

AB 1019 requires the industry to pay more of its fair share for alcohol’s devastating fallout. All Californians, including the one-third who do not drink alcohol, now pay billions for alcohol’s toll for increased public medical costs, higher car insurance premiums, prison overcrowding, cases of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and more. With a projected budget deficit of $8 billion or more looming, Californians can no longer continue to subsidize alcohol’s mounting costs. It’s time to Charge for Harm!

Who:

— Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose), Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and author of AB 1019.

— Bruce Livingston, M.P.P., Executive Director of Marin Institute

— Sue Hunt LeMay, Novato, Advocate, mother of Alex LeMay who died in an alcohol-related car crash.

— Osbaldo Chavez, Los Angeles, Community Specialist, formerly convicted and incarcerated for alcohol- and drug-related crimes.

— Leandra Ybarra, 17, a Sacramento area high school student who nearly died from binge drinking alcohol with friends when she was 15.

Contacts:

Rodney Foo, Assembly District 24, (916) 319-2024 or (408) 823-5537

Michael Scippa, Marin Institute Advocacy Director, (415) 548-0492

Jorge Castillo, Marin Institute Advocacy and Outreach Manager, (213) 840-3336

SOURCE Marin Institute

Assembly Health Committee to Consider Alcohol Fee Bill by San Jose Assemblyman Jim Beall