ANCHORAGE -

Two Anchorage Assembly members want the state to pitch in a half million dollars for picking up and caring for inebriates on the streets of the city.

Amy Demboski and Bill Starr and want the state to pay a quarter of the costs of hiring a private company to pick up drunken people.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the item was included in draft language for the annual legislative package.

NANA Management Services operates vans that transport people incapacitated by booze to the Anchorage Safety Center.

Demboski says alcoholism is a statewide issue that has been shifted to Anchorage. She says it's appropriate for the state to help out with costs.

A $500,000 state appropriation would cover a recent increase in the costs of the service.