Dear Friend of Texans Standing Tall,
The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program has been eliminated from the House budget and will only be continued if it is included in the Senate's budget. The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies will decide whether or not to include funding for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program (EUDL) tomorrow.
The late Senator Byrd was once the biggest proponent of EUDL sadly he is no longer there to fight for this critical program. Senator Byrd understood that the underage drinking laws were only as good as their enforcement and community support. Please support the youth of Texas, and across the country and contact Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, to tell her what you think about the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program.
Dear Senator Hutchison:
Tomorrow your Committee will markup the CJS Appropriations bill. Each year, at the late Senator Byrd’s request, included in that bill was the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program (EUDL). Since 1998, EUDL has provided funds to every state in order to ensure that our nation’s youth are protected from the dangers of underage drinking.
Underage drinking is a major public health and public safety issue. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes approximately 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning. Furthermore, underage drinking is a terrible economic burden to our country. In 2009, underage drinking cost Texas $6 billion and a total of $62 billion across the entire US.
EUDL is critical to underage drinking prevention efforts in Texas. Nineteen sub-grants were awarded to local law enforcement agencies and colleges throughout the State including support for efforts to curb underage and binge drinking on college campuses, as well as helping law enforcement agencies with compliance checks.
Super Bowl training, hosted at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, was offered free to local law enforcement (day 1) and retailers (day 2). The training focused on enforcing and voluntary compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission also recreated educational items that were distributed throughout the area to remind people of underage drinking laws.
Without the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program we jeopardize one of the most effective public health laws on the books that specifically protects our kids.
Texans Standing Tall
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