Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau) is the sponsor of the citation that recognizes Barteaux for her outstanding volunteer efforts. Legislators are allotted only two citations per year. Barteaux's citation specifically recognizes some of her efforts to prevent youth from drinking like speaking to elementary students and writing and starring in radio and television public service announcements. She is also recognized for testifying and lobbying for House Bill 213, a piece of successful legislation from last session that established a Graduated Driver's License program in the state of Alaska. In addition to testifying, her efforts included "driving" laps around the capital in a plywood car with other YIA members.
Barteaux was presented the citation in Representative Weyhrauch's office, and then later she was introduced in both the House and Senate chambers.
"Monique is a great inspiration," said YIA coordinator Jessica Paris.
"She is a gentle but persistent advocate who really wins people over. Just this spring I was at the legislature with her, visiting senators' offices. Four out of ten senators granted her a meeting right on the spot, simply because she asked."