The start of a new session and HB 1104

January 3rd, 2006

gavelThe House of Representatives convenes tomorrow for the start of the second regular session of the 114th Indiana General Assembly.

Two new members will be sworn in at 11am. Carlene Bottorff will be replacing her late husband, Jim Bottorff, and Dennis Tyler will be replacing the late Tiny Adams. Jim and Tiny passed away last month and will be greatly missed.

The first bill I have filed for the session is HB 1104 (not yet online, but initial draft is available here). The bill would remove from office any elected official who is more than $15,000 behind in child support payments.

Under current law, office-holders can be removed from office as a result of impeachment, felony conviction, various federal offenses (including draft-dodging and sedition), and even for “voluntary intoxication.”

Parents who fail to pay child support in other professions already face the potential penalties of losing their professional licenses, and even their driving licenses. Our elected representatives in government should face the same harsh results.

Elected officials who have failed to meet their obligations to their children have betrayed the public trust and have not lived up to their moral and legal duties. It is inappropriate for such individuals to be entrusted with taxpayer funds and the administration of laws.

The official press release on the legislation is available here.

I have four more bills that will be filed in the coming days, and I will post more about them when they are ready. I look forward to covering developments in the General Assembly this year, and welcome any feedback, comments, or questions.

Entry Filed under: Crime & Punish, Statehouse

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ryan Dvorak for State Rep&hellip  |  January 5th, 2006 at

    […] The South Bend Tribune today wrote a story about HB 1104, my bill (which I mentioned in an earlier post) that would remove from office any elected official who is more than $15,000 delinquent in child support payments: Dvorak said the proposed legislation is really a “measure of responsibility.” […]

  • 2. Teresa Cook  |  January 5th, 2006 at

    I fully support this Bill 1104. If they wont take care of their own children the should not be trusted with the needs of their city, town, state, ect.

    I will pass this link on to all in my address book. As I am sure they feel the same.

  • 3. Joe Whitaker  |  January 14th, 2006 at

    I also agree with this bill. But another problem this state has is the lack of effort that the state’s Child Enforcement Division shows in pursuing and prosecuting delinquent, non-custodial parents. In most states, and this may be Texas’s fault, ANYONE owing as much money as Mr. Snyder does in child support, would have a felony warrant issued against them and they would be arrested. Why is this not the case here? Of course, now Mr. Snyder now wants you to impeach him. He knows that he hasn’t met the requirements for impeachment so of course become, vocal about it. Pass this bill. Elected officials should be held to a higher standard. All the people are asking is for them to be held to the same standard.

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