Newsbrief: Return of the RAVE Act 1/17/03

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The RAVE Act, the bill introduced last session by Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) which would expand the so-called "crack house statutes" to make owners of music or other venues culpable for drug use among their clienteles, has been reintroduced, this time buried deep in Sen. Tom Daschle's domestic security bill (S. 22). Drug Policy Alliance, one of the leaders of the effort to kill or amend the bill last year, notes that the Daschle bill probably will not pass in the Republican-controlled Congress, but warns that Republicans may well place RAVE Act provisions in one of their bills.

Last year, a broad coalition of electronic music lovers, civil libertarians, and property owners mobilized against the bill, which while aimed directly at the rave culture would actually have an impact on music halls, bars, sports facilities, or almost any other place where people gather to have fun. Now, RAVE Act supporters such as Sen. Daschle have dropped the "RAVE Act" moniker, hiding behind a "crack house statutes amendments" heading.

See http://www.nomoredrugwar.org/music/rave_act.htm for further information on the RAVE Act and the S. 22 "crack house" provisions. Visit http://thomas.loc.gov and search for "S. 22" to read the legislation and its status.

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