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ND Members Keep Tobacco Prevention Legislation on Track

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June 1, 2009

North Dakota Society members have once again exerted their influence on their state government, curtailing efforts in the legislature to circumvent a law passed last November to make sure more of the tobacco settlement money went directly to fund tobacco prevention programs.

Photo: Jay Taylor, RRT, TTS
Jay Taylor, RRT, TTS

When full implementation of Measure 3 was in jeopardy due to factions that wanted to use some of the money for other purposes, members went on the offensive, sending emails, writing letters to the editor, calling their elected representatives, and lobbying anyone who would listen about the dire need to follow the letter of the original law.

At 11:30 p.m. on the last day of the legislative session, all those efforts paid off, as the House and Senate passed legislation funding Measure 3 in its original form.

Stay tuned to AARC Times for more on this remarkable accomplishment from Jay Taylor, RRT, TTS, who was appointed by the North Dakota governor to sit on the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee set up by Measure 3 to oversee allocation of the funds.

You can read more about the initial battle to pass Measure 3 in your April issue of AARC Times.

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