Jul 17, 2006

SEA 205 Disclosure of Electronic Mail Account Addresses

We applaud the Indiana Legislature for this measure, which protects the privacy of Hoosiers. It provides that a public agency need not create or distribute to lists of email accounts in most cases, and in many cases may not. It also prohibits agencies or businesses from inspecting confidential records. In a time when America seems to be moving more and more toward a disregard of privacy rights, it is refreshing to see Indiana standing up for those rights. The internet is an anonymous forum for the exchange of information. It is just about the only anonymity we have left. We are glad that Indiana, at least, has seen fit to preserve that, even if the Federal Government won’t. The Bush Administration and members of both major parties in Congress could learn a great deal by looking to Indiana’s example.

Author: JEff Drozda
Sponsor: Eric Koch

HEA 1232 Curfew

Allows a child to be in a public place after curfew if the child is participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the child’s parent, guardian or custodian. It is not the Government’s responsibility to baby-sit children, especially not the State Government. It is egregious enough that local communities are passing these laws, taking responsibility for children out of the hands of parents, but now the State Government is getting involved. The State Legislature has no right to tell you where your children can and can’t be after a certain time. Requiring parents to be responsible for their own children is a step in the right direction but requiring written permission is an imposition on individual parents that the government has absolutely no right to make. This law should offend Libertarians on two levels: first the proper role of government is being trespassed in initiating a curfew on law-abiding citizens in the first place; secondly the State Government has overstepped its federalized boundaries by interfering with and amending local laws. This is a travesty.

Author: Ralph Ayres
Sponsor: Richard D. Bray
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