Sep 20, 2006

HEA 1261-Housing and Community Development

This law moves several programs from the Family Social Services Administration (FSSA) to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, including the housing assistance act of 1937, community services block grants, home energy assistance programs, weatherization assistance, food and nutrition programs, migrant and farm worker programs, emergency shelter grant programs and shelter plus care programs.

On its face this seems like a good thing for Libertarians. With all these services being moved away from the bureaucratic agency, one would think government was downsizing. One would be wrong. With all these responsibilities being lifted from the shoulders of the FSSA, maybe budget and/or personnel cuts would accompany. Maybe not. There is no provision in the bill reducing the size of FSSA. Other programs will assuredly follow to take the place of those that have been moved. Government agencies never die.

Author: Woody Burton
Sponsor: Teresa S. Lubbers

SEA 192-Bail Requirements

This law allows property to be posted as bail and allows the court to require a defendant to sign a contract that allows the court to retain bail to pay public representation and fines, fees and restitution should the defendant be convicted. The Libertarian Party has long-believed in the guilty bearing the cost of the justice system. This seems only appropriate.

The public should be more than happy to pay to defend innocent men and arrive at justice, but why should we as taxpayers pay for a guilty man’s defense. If the defendant is found guilty, he/she should reimburse the public for the money that was spent at trial. This seems like a very fair system, and we are impressed with Indiana’s decision to do it this way.

Author: Richard D. Bray
Sponsor: Ralph M. Foley
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