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General Assembly Approves Drug-Free Indiana Plan

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INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate increased efforts in the fight against drugs in Indiana by passing a bill authored by Rep. Vernon Smith (D-Gary) that improves the Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana (DFI).
            House Bill 1575 changes the current status of legislator members of the commission to allow them to be voting members. According to Smith, this proposal allows for more input from the members of the General Assembly who have experience dealing with law enforcement and youth-related issues. The members also may have experience in family relations, education, civic or private affairs, medicine, local government, judiciary or self-help, among others.
            “The goal is to give voting rights to members of the commission who have valuable insight to the issues DFI tries to solve,” he said. “This is a way of improving the commission so we can reach our ultimate objective, which is to create a healthy, safe, drug-free home for Hoosiers.”
            DFI was established in 1989 by the General Assembly to help Indiana combat substance abuse. The commission works in collaboration with 92 local coordinating councils representing all of Indiana's counties.
            The Senate passed the bill on a unanimous 47-0 vote.
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