Together We Can Pass Jake’s Bill!

The purpose of Jake’s Bill is to incorporate evidence-based substance misuse prevention curriculum throughout 5-12th grade to better equip our youth in the dangers of drugs, and especially opioids, in order to prevent use, abuse, and overdoses.

I am Sheri Schmaus, the founder of the For Jake’s Sake Foundation. I lost a son at 21 years of age to a heroin overdose. Losing a child—especially to such a wicked drug as heroin—is a tragedy I hope no parent or loved one ever has to go through. Please help me and my foundation pass Jake’s Bill through the MN House of Representatives  this year so we can get education and awareness in our school systems! The best way to stop heroin and opioid addiction is to never let it start.

Please be a part of this important work and let’s create a great movement together. Please also consider a donation of $25 to help us continue in our efforts — DONATE HERE.

  • **UPDATE** 3/18/18: Tuesday, March 13th we testified at the capital and had so much support for Jake’s Bill that we were invited back! Chair Loon scheduled us for Education Finance on Tuesday, March 20!
  • **UPDATE** 3/20/18: We just received word that we will also be testifying in front of the Senate on Thursday, March 22nd! Please contact us if you’d like to join us!
  • **UPDATE** 3/30/18: We have testified at all committees and now we wait for the bill to pass! Keep calling your house and senate members!
  • **UPDATE** 4/20/18: We are still waiting for a vote! Please continue to call your members of Congress and let’s get Jake’s Law passed!

About Jake’s Bill

Last year (2017), Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein authored a bill to increase drug awareness and prevention into our public schools. Unfortunately, it did not pass, but Rep. Kunesh-Podein has a strong passion for this topic, just like our founder Sheri, therefore, she revised the bill now known as Jake’s Law – House File 3361 and made it into a more comprehensive, evidence-based substance misuse prevention curriculum to be integrated into 5-12 grade classroom instruction. There are a number of co-authors to Jake’s Law including Speaker of The House Kurt Daudt (R), house members Nels Pearson (R), Dave Baker (R), David Bly (DFL), Alice Hausman (DFL), Anne Neu (R), and Peggy Bennet (R).

Our bill has been introduced, heard in the Education Innovation Policy and Education Finance Committees with strong support to continue to move it forward to a full vote on the floor.

On the senate side, Senator Chris Eaton (DFL) has authored our bill, Jake’s Law – Senate File 3255. We have had a hearing in the E-12 Policy Committee and it was forward to the E-12 Finance Committee for another hearing; date to be determined. There are a number of co-authors within the senate and they include senators Charles W. Wiger (DFL), Jason Issacson (DFL), and Gregory D. Clausen (DFL).

 

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ABOUT HOW JAKE'S BILL WILL HELP

JAKE'S BILL

The For Jake’s Sake Foundation will collaborate with school districts to integrate evidence-based, drug prevention instruction on the dangers of drug use, particularly the use of opioids and heroin, into school district health education instruction.

Jake’s Bill is about getting better substance misuse prevention information—focusing on opioids, medications, prescription drugs, and heroin—into the schools at an earlier age with consistent messaging and soliciting frequent conversations between staff, teachers, students and parents.

We Need Your Help

Last year we had a lot of folks contacting Rep Daudt and Rep Baker to sign on to this bill – and we need your help to kick this bill into high gear again! PLEASE contact your House and Senate members to request (demand!) a hearing to initiate the passing of this bill in this very short session! We’ve even provided the contact info and scripts below—simply copy, paste, fill in the blanks and email!

Also please spread the word! Share this page, sign up on our email and get LOTS of folks to email, call, send postcards, write letters, and let’s get some momentum to get this bill passed! Time is of the essence so please HELP US NOW by taking 5 minutes to make a phone call. Your help and commitment to this important work is incredibly appreciated.

  • CONTACT MAJORITY LEADER DAUDT: 651-296-5364 or 800-710-7642 | rep.kurt.daudt@house.mn

    SCRIPT:

    Hello, my name is (______________) and I am calling/writing to ask Majority Leader Daudt to renew his commitment to passing house bill – 3361 supporting curriculum for improved opioid awareness in our schools.

    The opioid crisis has reached critical levels and everyone from local leaders, school officials, students, all the way to President Trump have called for measures to help cut off demand for these drugs as one of the best means of prevention.

    I am asking Majority Leader Daudt to use the influence of his position to bring more legislators to call for a vote on this bill and to help ensure passage so we can protect our young people from trying these dangerous and addictive drugs in the first place.

    Thank you, and I look forward to his continued support.

  • CONTACT YOUR SENATOR: CLICK HERE to find your Senator/District. 

    SCRIPT:

    Hello, my name is (Your Name) and I am calling/writing to request State Senator (________ ) support in supporting Senate bill – 3255 which is currently in the Education K-12 committee.  This bill supports implementing curriculum in our schools increasing opioid awareness and protecting our young people.

    Since this bill is bipartisan and the opioid issue has generated concern at all levels, up to and including the president, I encourage State Senator (________ ) to help Minnesota give schools the means to fight opioid addiction by cutting off demand by having our students not try these dangerous, addictive drugs in the first place.

    I look forward to seeing this bill progress from the committee and be brought to the Senate floor for a vote and ultimately its passage.

    Thank you!

  • CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE BAKER: 651-296-6206 | rep.dave.baker@house.mn

    SCRIPT:

    Hello, I am calling to request Representative Baker’s continued support of House bill – 3361 supporting the implementation of an improved opioid awareness curriculum in our schools.  Having been touched by this epidemic personally, I know this issue is important to him and hope he is planning to bring more of his colleagues to the table to ensure the bill’s passage and protect our young people from trying these dangerous, addictive drugs in the first place.

    Cutting off demand is one of the best ways to fight this crisis, and I look forward to seeing him convince his colleagues in the House to bring this bill to a vote and ultimately its passage.

    Thank you!

     

  • CONTACT YOUR HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: CLICK HERE to find your House Committee Member/District. 

    SCRIPT:

    Hello, I am calling/writing to request Representative (____________)’s support in supporting House bill – 3361 which is currently in the Education Finance committee.  This bill supports implementing curriculum in our schools increasing opioid awareness and protecting our young people.

    Since this bill is bipartisan and the opioid issue has generated concern at all levels, up to and including the president, I encourage Representative (____________) to help Minnesota give schools the means to fight opioid addiction by cutting off demand by having our students not try these dangerous, addictive drugs in the first place.

    I look forward to seeing this bill progress from the committee and be brought to the House floor for a vote and ultimately its passage.

    Thank you!

3/1/18 — Sheri Schmaus at the state capital to testify in front of the Legislators. Sheri was invited to tell her story of Jake and all of the loved ones affected by his overdose.

Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL) District: 41B

Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL) and Sheri Schmaus (with Jake).

Senator Chris A. Eaton

Senator Chris A. Eaton (DFL).

Representative Dave Baker

Representative Dave Baker (R).