Legislator survey - mcrud

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Legislator survey - mcrud

  1. 1. PROFILE OF LEGISLATORS ON UNDERAGE DRINKING ISSUES Developed by MCRUD Teen Leadership Team This profile form is meant to be used by youth interviewing their state legislators or local elected or appointed officials. Please send results to the MCRUD Teen Leadership Team at address provided at bottom. This profile form is in the public domain and may be used by anyone. Information gathered at the local level could help you plan underage drinking prevention activity. Information gathered from state legislators will be appreciated if returned to MCRUD for planning policy initiatives at the state level. Person profiled Office held by person profiled Person conducting interview Contact information for interviewer: address Phone ( ) E-mail Date of interview location of interview PROFILE INFORMATION (1) In general, how serious a problem do you think underage drinking is in Michigan? _____ Big problem _____ Is Just A Problem _____ Small Problem _____ Not a problem at all Comments: (2) On a scale of 1 to 5 [1 being not a factor and 5 being a major factor], which of the following do you believe contributes to underage drinking: _____ Alcohol is easy for underage youth to get _____ Lack of parental supervision _____ Media portrayal of alcohol which makes drinking appealing _____ Social pressures from friends _____ Adults who provide alcohol to minors Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking Prevention Network PO Box 4458 East Lansing, Michigan 48826 800-968-4968 Fax: 517-393-6931 www.mcrud.org kend@preventionnetwork.org
  2. 2. _____ A lack of activities that are positive alternatives to drinking _____ A lack of policies or laws for dealing with underage drinking _____ Not enough enforcement of existing laws _____ Promotion and advertising of alcohol _____ Trying to restrict underage drinking only makes it more appealing (3) To what degree do you believe the legislature has a role to play, by enacting statewide policy, in reducing or prevent underage drinking? (Check One) _____ Legislators have a significant responsibility and should do everything they can through legislation and public policy processes. _____ Legislators have a responsibility in specific (limited) areas only. _____ Legislators have no responsibility. (4) If you believe legislators have a role to play in reducing preventing underage drinking, would you care to give examples of what they could or should do? (5) In your role as an elected or appointed official, do you believe you have any role to play at your local level in reducing or preventing underage drinking? If yes, would you care to give examples of what you could or should do: (6) On a scale of 1 to 5 [1 being no responsibility and 5 being significant responsibility] how much responsibility do you believe these sectors of society have for reducing or preventing underage drinking? _____ Schools _____ Faith communities _____ Parents and family _____ The underage individual _____ Law enforcement _____ The judicial system _____ Local media _____ National media (TV shows, movies, music, etc.) _____ The alcohol industry in its advertising and promotion _____ Establishments that sell or serve alcohol _____ Local government _____ State government _____ Federal Government (7) Do you believe there should be legislation which requires or encourages certain Sectors of society to take responsibility for underage drinking? Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking Prevention Network PO Box 4458 East Lansing, Michigan 48826 800-968-4968 Fax: 517-393-6931 www.mcrud.org kend@preventionnetwork.org
  3. 3. _____ yes _____ no _____ Not certain _____no answer (8) If you answered “yes” above, what would be some examples from existing or potential legislation? (9) The following are public policy measures which some people believe would reduce or prevent underage drinking. Please indicate for each one whether you could A. Support this measure - Potentially B. Take leadership to enact this measure C. Would not support this measure underage any circumstances D. Could support this measure under certain circumstances _____ Increase enforcement of existing laws regarding minors who purchase, consume, or possess alcohol. _____ Increase enforcement of existing laws regarding sales of alcohol to or purchase for minors. _____ Increase enforcement of existing laws regarding parent or homeowner responsibility for youth using alcohol. _____ Require all sellers or servers of alcohol to be trained for following state laws concerning alcohol sale and consumption. _____ Require registration of beer kegs at the point of purchase so that anyone providing alcohol to minors could be identified. _____ Enact new, stricter laws regarding minors who purchase, consume, or possess alcohol. _____ Enact new, stricter laws regarding sale of alcohol to or purchase for minors. _____ Enact new, stricter laws regarding parent or homeowner responsibility for youth using alcohol. _____ Restrict promotions such as low-priced drinks and happy hours. _____ Restrict where sellers can place alcohol products in their stores. _____ Restrict where sellers or servers can place alcohol advertisement on their premises. _____ Restrict the manner in which sellers or servers can advertise or promote alcohol products. _____ Prohibit or restrict internet sale of alcohol beverages, because they might get into the hands of minors. Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking Prevention Network PO Box 4458 East Lansing, Michigan 48826 800-968-4968 Fax: 517-393-6931 www.mcrud.org kend@preventionnetwork.org
  4. 4. _____ Place restrictions on Alcohol Industry advertising of alcohol beverages (placement, manner, messages, etc) _____ Restrict Alcohol Industry promotions _____ Restrict Alcohol Industry sponsorship of events in which underage youth are likely to participate or attend. _____ Increase the tax on alcohol beverage products. _____ Increase the tax on alcohol beverage products only if revenues are used for substance abuse services. _____ Require alcohol education for all youth cited for underage drinking. (10) What underage drinking-related legislation or other measure have you ever supported in the legislature or as a member of any other governing body? Please give examples: Are you willing to meet with teen leaders or others in your district who are actively working to reduce and prevent underage drinking? _____ yes _____ no Are you willing to sign the MCRUD Agreement? _____ yes _____ no Do you wish to regularly receive information from MCRUD and the MCRUD Teen Leaders? Yes, please contact my via US mail at this address: Address City, State, Zip Yes, please contact me via fax at this fax number: Fax Yes, please contact me via e-mail at this e-mail address: E-mail Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking Prevention Network PO Box 4458 East Lansing, Michigan 48826 800-968-4968 Fax: 517-393-6931 www.mcrud.org kend@preventionnetwork.org

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