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National Media Campaign to Prevent Underage Drinking
On May 11, 2001, Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John Warner (R-VA) introduced S. 866, companion legislation to H.R. 1509, a bill to establish a "National Media Campaign to Prevent Underage Drinking."
Original co-sponsors of S. 866 include: Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
S. 866 has the same support as H.R. 1509: the Center for Science in the Public Interest, American Medical Association (AMA), Advertising Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), National Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Consumer Federation of America, Latino Council on Alcohol & Tobacco, Trauma Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many local and statewide groups also support this bill.
During the Memorial Day recess (May 25th to June 4th), senators will be home for the holidays and will be holding town meetings and community forums during that time. We encourage you to attend some of those meetings and ask about this bill, or if possible, set up a personal meeting with your senator to discuss the need for this national media campaign.
Conclude the meeting with your Senator:
S. 866 will develop and implement a national media campaign for the purpose of reducing and preventing underage drinking in the U.S., the most serious drug problem for young people today. Will you support that effort and sign on as a co-sponsor?
Additionally, please write your Senators to make the above points. The address for your senators is:
H.R. 1509 Update
H.R. 1509 was referred on April 25, 2001 to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. As of May 23, 2001, eighteen members of the House have signed on as co-sponsors of the Roybal-Allard bill, including:
Please write your member of Congress asking him/her to support the Roybal-Allard bill (H.R. 1509). The address for your member of Congress is:
U.S. House of Representatives
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the April 10, 2001 action alert on H.R. 1509 and arguments for a
Click here for more information on the National Media Campaign to Prevent Underage Drinking.
May 23, 2001