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vag2.jpgSenator Alpaugh

Virginia Alpaugh has recently been elected by the people of Louisiana to fill in as their 2nd Senator. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alpaugh has been able to grow up around a problem that she has been planning to fix- the drinking age. Throughout her career running for her position as senator and governor of Louisiana, Alpaugh has been set on the change of the drinking age. She believes that by lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 that more lives will be saved. She also believes that this will give parents the chance to discuss the dangers of drinking with their children.



The Responsibility Act
SEC. 1. SHORT TITLE
This act may be cited as “The Responsibility act of 2010.”
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress Finds as Follows:

  1. The minimum Drinking Age Act – age 21 has not been effective.
  2. 27.6% of kids from 12 – 20 have consumed alcohol in the past month.
  3. 90% of alcohol consumed by people ages 18-20 are consumed through heavy drinking.
    1. Leaving the drinking age at 21 causes young adults to go behind closed doors with no parent/ authority to drink alcohol. This is very dangerous.
    2. The minimum drinking age – 21 causes young adults to binge drink.
  4. Alcohol is part of society; people should learn how to drink when becoming adults.
    1. The minimum drinking age makes parents uncomfortable and unable to teach their children how to drink responsibly because it is illegal therefore they try to ignore the reality and forbid their children from drinking or break the law by serving them alcohol. Parents need to be able to teach their kids how to make healthy decisions about alcohol use.
  5. The minimum drinking age – 21 leads to many violations of the existing law.
    1. Banning a massive group of young adults from engaging in behavior that is around the world seen as a symbol of adulthood is unfair to our rights.
  6. In many other countries alcohol consumption is allowed at adulthood. In the United States, 18 year olds can enter a bar, can serve alcohol, can vote, can join the army, can get married, and are considered adults but they cannot consume alcohol.
    1. If 18 year olds are given these responsibilities why can’t we have the responsibility to choose to drink.
  7. States are forced to comply with this federal mandate or risk losing 10% of their federal highway funds.
    1. The federal Mandate is if the state was to not sign the law they would lose 10% of their highway funds.
  8. Lowering the drinking age would allow alcohol to be seen not as a forbidden fruit making less people tempted to try it.

SEC. 3. NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN ON MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT.

    1. The purpose of campaigns are to successfully save young adults and teenagers lives through lowering the drinking age to 18. By lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, legal adults around the country will finally be treated as adults. We will work to carry out lowering the drinking age by campaigning.
    2. Purpose- The purpose of the campaigns under this section will be to achieve the following:
  1. Lowering the drinking age for the safety of the people.
  2. Giving the educational chance for parents to discuss drinking with their children
  3. Lowering the drinking age Nation-wide.
    1. Advertising- Authorizations of the use of funds are available and offered for ones to be able to develop the use of broadcast for the lowering of the drinking age.
      1. These broadcasts of media advertising is to educate people on the dangers of a higher drinking age, and the benefits one can get out of lowering it.
    2. Coordination With States-
  4. The Secretary shall work with the States as one in lowering the drinking age and the education of this. There will be advertising as well, to show the people that-
    1. Depending on State to help the law get changed through the government by using campaigns
    2. Giving education to young adults about the dangers of drinking and learn how to drink responsibly
      1. Annual Report- There shall be an annual report on the success or failing rate of the law by the Government.


SEC. 4. GRANTS TO ENCOURAGE LEARNING OF DRINKING RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Supplemental Grants to Work with Local Pediatric Health Care Providers and Caregivers and School to Educate young adults about drinking. Enhance the National Media Campaign on lowering the Minimum Legal Drinking Age-
AUTHORIZATION OF PROGRAM- The Administrator, in consultation with the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, may make supplemental grants to eligible entities to implement strategies to--
  1. work with local pediatric health care providers to educate young adults on alcohol consumption so that they can take the responsibility when they become an adult at age 18. identify and reduce the barriers to providing alcohol education to their patients and their caregivers, and screening and brief intervention to their patients;
    1. work with parents/ caregivers to allow them to educate their children on alcohol consumption
    2. work with schools to educate kids about drinking so that when they become 18 they can take that responsibility
    3. provide education on the consumption of alcohol with science-based alcohol information and provide education to caregivers of children and young adults through relevant community sectors, such as schools, workplaces, and local media, to reach the maximum number of caregivers in the community
    4. undertake local activities to amplify and enhance the national media campaign on changing the Minimum Legal Drinking Age to 18.
(2)APPLICATION-
    1. IN GENERAL- An eligible entity desiring a supplemental grant under this subsection shall submit an application to the Administrator at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Administrator may require.
    2. CRITERIA- As part of an application for a grant under this subsection, the Administrator shall require an eligible entity to demonstrate--
      1. the participation of local pediatric health care providers in their coalition;
      2. the development and implementation of a multisector strategy to identify and educate children and young adults and their caregivers on alcohol consumption,
      3. the ability to serve as a resource to pediatric health care providers by providing them with access to the community sectors that currently develop and implement programs, strategies, and services to educate about alcohol consumption;
      4. the development and implementation of a multi-sector strategy to enhance and amplify the national media campaign on changing the drinking age to 18.
(3) USES OF FUNDS- An eligible entity that receives a grant under this subsection shall use the grant funds to implement strategies, in coordination with pediatric health care providers, to--
  1. educate underage people about alcohol consumption so at 18 they know their responsibilities.
  2. increase the amount, frequency, and intensity of alcohol education by pediatric health care providers to children and young adults and their caregivers, Allow caregivers to allow their children to learn how to drink while still in charge
  3. serve as a resource for pediatric health care providers by providing them access to the community's programs, strategies, and services to educate underage kids about alcohol use and abuse;
  4. undertake activities and programs that will enhance and amplify the national media campaign on changing the National Minimum Drinking Age to 18.
(4) GRANT TERMS- A grant under this subsection--
  1. shall be made for a period of not more than 4 years; and
  2. shall not be in an amount of more than $100,000 per fiscal year.
(5) EVALUATION- A grant under this subsection shall be subject to the evaluation requirements set forth by the Administrator.
(6) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- Not more than 6 percent of a grant under this subsection may be expended for administrative expenses.
(7) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, and $5,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2011 through 2014.
  1. Grants to Pediatric Health Care Providers To Educate Underage People about drinking to change minimum Drinking Age to 18
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  • (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shall make one or more grants to professional pediatric medical organizations to increase among the members of such organizations effective practices to learn how to drink responsibly before jumping into it at 21.
  • (2) PURPOSES- Grants under this section shall be made to promote the practices of--

    1. educating parents allowing them to educate their children
    2. Educate underage and young adults about alcohol consumption so they can drink responsibly when becoming adults at age 18
    3. Change the drinking age to 18
(3) USE OF FUNDS- An organization receiving a grant under this section may use such funding to promote the practices specified in paragraph (2) among its members by--
    1. providing training to health care providers;
    2. disseminating best practices, including culturally and linguistically appropriate best practices, and developing, printing, and distributing materials; and
    3. offering other activities approved by the Secretary.
(4) APPLICATION- An organization desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, and in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require. Each application shall include--
    1. a description of the organization and how its members are qualified to provide the services specified in paragraph (2);
    2. a description of activities to be completed; and
    3. a timeline for the completion of such activities.
(5) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, and $3,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2011 through 2014.