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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Control Policy Task Force
Office of the Governor -
Attorney General's Office
July 18 - 19, 2002
TASK FORCE MEMBERS PRESENT: Jerry Archer, Mary Fay, Duane
Grimes, Mary Haydal, Joey Jayne, Cathy Kendall, Marko Lucich, Janet
Meissner, Roland Mena, Robin Morris, Bill Muhs, Rick Robinson, Peg
Shea, Bill Snell. Facilitated by Sandy Mack
AGENDA TOPICS (as amended at meeting)
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Clarify "Voting" & Decisions
- Discuss & Decide Strategy Recommendations for "Top Priority"
- Review & Update Tasks & Time Line
- Public Comment
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Strategies - Funding
- Understand interests
- Discuss and Sort
- Alcohol Tax to Counties - Transfer - Discuss
THURSDAY July 18th
WELCOME & OPENING PRAYER
Duane Grimes opened the meeting and Mary Haydal and Peg Shea
offered opening prayers.
Participants approved the May 23, 2002 meeting summary. It
will be posted on the Task Force Web Site.
CLARIFY "VOTING" & DECISION MAKING
Bill Muhs pointed out in a memo to Duane Grimes that part of the
Task Force's ground rules stated that though the Task Force would
strive for 100% agreement in our strategy recommendations we
decided that if 100% agreement could not be reached on a
recommendation we would declare a majority at 17 of 20
members. Bill pointed out that on average 14 Task Force
Members have attended each meeting and suggested the group discuss
After discussion the decision was made to modify the original
ground rule to if 100% agreement could not be reached on a
recommendation then we would declare a majority at 85% of those
Task Force Members present at a meeting.
The rest of the ground rule stated that if the minority appeared
to be of one category (e.g., prevention workers, Tribal members,
etc.) or one "interest", then the group continued to work to try to
honor those interests. The facilitator had the responsibility
to declare a topic discussion final. Recommendations that had less
than 17 of the 20 members agreeing to it (modified to add -- or
less than 85%) are presented under Section 8.0- Written Analysis,
Items Not Agreed To, in the Task Force's Document
Task Force Members continued discussing the "Top Priority"
Desired Outcomes and Strategies based on the 7/15/02 draft of the
TIME-LINE AND TASKS
There are several Action Items due by August 7th (See
Action Item Review - at end of summary).
With the last meeting on August 14th and
15th the facilitator expressed concern that there would
not be enough time to incorporate the work from that meeting and
have time for the Task Force Members to review and approve the
changes before September 1st. The Task Force asked
Jean Branscum if the "due date" could be moved to September
13th. Jean said that she felt that would be fine
and would check with the Governor and let us know if there were any
Seventh Meeting (Final) -- (Helena)
Wednesday, Aug 14
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, and
Thursday, Aug 15
8:00 - 3:00 pm
State Capitol, Room 317
Sleeping Rooms are available at the Elkhorn Mountain Inn at 1
Jackson Creek Road, Montana City, MT 59634. (Phone:
406-442-6625; Toll Free: 866-442-6625)
The agenda for the August meeting will include:
- An evening session
- Continued discussion of recommendations
- MCAA proposal
- Process evaluation (Not mentioned at meeting but on Task Force
Task Force Members wanted to capture thoughts that did not fall
within our agenda. It was acknowledged that there may or may
not be enough time during the next remaining meeting for the Task
Force to address these items.
- Binge Drinking Issues. Different ages receive different
penalties. Need tools to let them people know what the issues
with binge drinking are.
- Don't allow minors into establishments that serve alcohol.
- Use a percentage of Tobacco Settlement dollars for ATOD
PUBLIC COMMENT (Public and Expert Input and Comments)
Twenty five people attended the Public Comment portion of the
meeting. Those who provided comments are noted in
bold: Verna Boucher, MGWWA; Dorothy
Bradly, CJCC (Gallatin); Ed Brandt,
Cardinal Distributing; Peter Bronken, Bronken's
Dist.; Linda Budesde, SWCE Program; Claire Cantrell, ADSGC;
Jenna Caplette, DUI Task Force; Trent Cold,
Gallatin County CTC Coalition-Alcohol & Drug Services of
Gallatin County; Jamie Cornish, MSU-Most of Us
Campaign; Alison Counts, ICC Vice Chair;
Roger Curtis; Kerry Erickson;
Don Hargrove, Senate; Tony Herrera, Beyone the
Pipe Project-InCare Network; Shelly Johnson,
ADSGC; Greg Joose, Mt. Department of Justice; Nan LeFebvre, DPHHS
Director's Office & MT Tobacco Use Prevention; Carl Lehrkind;
Lehrkind Inc.; Jean McCauley, Southwest CD
Program; Kent Mollohan, MT, Dept. of
Transportation; Sarah Reener; Chris Rody; Casey
Rudd, Connections; Mike Ruppert, Boyd Anderew;
High School Teacher; Jerry
Vanderpan, Treatment Court.
FRIDAY JULY 19th
STRATEGY RECOMMENDATIONS - FUNDING AND RESOURCES
Task Force Members continued discussing the "Top Priority"
Desired Outcomes and Strategies- specific to funding and resource
issues. The group first identified their interests by answering the
following question. Their responses appear below. "When
looking at funding options for ATOD programs it is important to me
- … funded programs and services be on-going. Also,
funding needs to be flexible to test pilot or promising
- … we consider the safety and well being of our citizens
& guest in Montana, in conjunction with the fiscal
- … if at all possible, there is a direct correlation
between the funding source and what you are attempting to
impact. For example: Tobacco settlement dollars should be
used for tobacco prevention, education & cessation. In
this way as the use of tobacco goes down it decreases at a rate
similar to funding.
- … we look at a comprehensive blueprint of what has to be
accomplished and try to partnership whenever possible. I
would hope to look at what programs are needed and see how we can
accomplish that and not let funding be the issue. A lot of
prevention, education and enforcement can be accomplished first and
then with funding availabilities set priorities.
- …there's a relationship between the money raised and
who's paying it. (i.e. person's who use beer/alcohol pay for
the cost of trating the disease; tobacco tax increases to
discourage teens from starting). Accountability and
- … any money raised is earmarked for "Most of Us" type
campaigns assessment and treatment etc. That there is an
ongoing funding stream.
- … the burden of these costs be borne by the users and
abusers of alcohol & drugs. These programs need fewer
subsidies from those who do not drink or whose drinking does not
cause problems. Last, majority of fines/sanction dollars be
retained at the local level.
- … there is no increase in taxes/fees.
- … we look to long term solutions through prevention
methods and building structure(s) for prevention &
treatment. We should balance this approach with providing
safety for our communities by enacting laws that protect us.
- … it is adequate!
- …all options are considered. ATOD programs are not
sacrificed to meet general fund deficit. Funding is directed to
prevention, treatment, & law enforcement, not merely one
- … we focus on amiable solutions that maybe some of us
don't like, but we can live with that serve the grater good of our
- … the funding source has (if possible) a
The group then brainstormed potential funding and resource ideas
for ATOD programs. The ideas were then discussed very
briefly. If all members agreed it should be a recommendation
to further explore the opportunity it was placed in the
recommendation category. If some members could not live with
the idea being recommended for further exploration, but others felt
strongly it should be looked at, it was put in a "written analysis"
category. If all agreed to delete an item it was
deleted. The results of this exercise are included in the
attached excerpts from the Working Document.
ALCOHOL TAX TO COUNTIES - PROPOSAL TO CUT FUNDS
During Thursday's public comment period, six people commented on
the Governor's proposal to transfer $1 million dollars of earmarked
alcohol funds from counties to help balance the state budget.
They expressed alarm at the proposal and explained that the cut
would drastically impact the treatment services they provide.
Task Force Members decided to add this item to the agenda to
discuss on Friday.
Roland Mena presented an overview of the proposed tax cut and
handed out a sheet with the full Special Session Proposal to reduce
$45 million from the state budget. The group decided that
the proposed budget cut directly affected the area of their charge
and since the special session was scheduled for August
5th, with subcommittee meetings starting the week of
July 25th the Task Force felt some urgency in getting
the information to the Governor and Attorney General. They
determined that waiting until the final report was due in September
would be neglectful. They decided to send an advisory letter
to the Governor and Attorney General, through the Task Force
contact representatives (Jean Branscum and Galen Hollenbaugh). The
letter should include:
This is all we've got. Only local discretionary funds that
can be used to fund programs. Some money is leveraged for
more federal money.
$1 spent on treatment and prevention saves $7
Don't have enough money for prevention and treatment
Double punch - Dept. of correction cuts
Attachment, Task Force List showing areas of expertise.
Not just taking away $1 million from a larger budget. The
budget goes to $0.
Jerry will sign the letter for the Task Force because Duane will
be out of town. Sandy will draft the letter and email it to
all Task Force Members for review by Monday July
22nd. Comments need to be back to Sandy by the end
of the day Tuesday July 23rd. The letter will be
mailed Wednesday July 24th.
ACTION ITEM REVIEW
Task Force Members will email the information they collect in
the following action items to Sandy by Aug. 7. Sandy will
forward the information to all Task Force members via email on that
day, giving members one week to review before our next meeting on
Get a description of the Drug Czar position from other
states. Also note names of the position and recommend one to
the Task Force
Look at recommendations from Governor's Task Force on Work Force
Issues. See if the ATOD task force should support any of
Economic profile of DUI offenders by county.
Collection rates by county for DUI.
Statistics from other states with tough DUI laws.
Look at alternative to 2 day jail time
1st DUI - rate of ordering treatment
Marko, Peg & Mary F.
Research Repeat Intoxicated Driver Law. How does it differ
from current law.
Research how Negligent Homicide in current law differs from the
proposed vehicular homicide and aggravated DUI laws.
Duane, Joey, Bill M.
Look at County Attorney Association info related to refusal to
provide a breath sample. Get defense attorney's perspective
on issue if possible as well.
Help Sandy draft the language related to funding and resource
Jerry, Janet, Joey
Get MT County Attorney Association's proposals to Jean Branscum
to mail to all Task Force Members prior to next meeting.
Get Defense Attorney's input on MCAA proposals
Updated Working Document Draft emailed to Task Force Members
Draft Letter to Governor & Attorney General concerning
Alcohol Tax funds to counties.
Review letter and send comments to Sandy
All Task Force Members