WHEREAS, the abuse of alcohol and other drugs continues as a serious problem in Washington State for which there is no simple solution; and
WHEREAS, there is a need to reaffirm our commitment to this critical work; therefore, the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse is reestablished. The primary thrust of the Council's efforts will be to emphasize Washington communities working in partnership with !government, private industry, education, law enforcement, and treatment, so that each can identify their roles and complement the roles of others, in working to minimize the causes and impacts of substance abuse through coordinated, collaborated and innovative strategies;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Booth Gardner, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby reestablish the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse as follows:
A. The Council will have three primary responsibilities:
1. Advise the Governor on issues and programs relating to substance abuse.
2. Advise and assist the Governor with implementation of strategies to support community efforts to reduce substance abuse.
3. Promote public awareness and education regarding substance abuse, and actions individuals can take in response to substance abuse.
B. Members of the Council shall represent community groups, private industry, local government, education, treatment providers, law enforcement and students. The membership shall also include four legislators -- two members from the Senate and two members from the House. Legislative members shall be appointed by the respective Caucuses.
C. The Governor shall serve as the Chair and appoint a Vice-Chair.
D. A majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum and a majority of those present can approve Council action.
E. The terms of the Council members will be initially set at one, two or three-year commitments with succeeding Council members appointed in the future for three-year terms.
F. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.