|Sen. Michael Young|
Sen. Michael Young (R-Indianapolis) saw the problem with the law and he set out to fix it. After an unsuccessful attempt last year, Sen. Young re-introduced a bill changing the public intoxication law to require some other bad conduct, besides simply having consumed alcohol. The bill cleared the House today 95-0 and is on its way back to the Senate for final approval of the House changges.
The bill still gives law enforcement officials a lot of discretion. Under the most recent version of the bill, a public intoxication charge requires proof that someone is intoxicated and is endanger someone's life, breaching the peace or threatening to, or harassing, annoying or alarming another person. While that still gives law enforcement officials far too much discretion, it is an improvement over the current state of the law.
Sen. Young is also the author of the Barnes bill, legislation to restore the right of homeowners to resist unlawful police entries. A few years ago, Sen. Young authored a bill tying traffic ticket fines to a person's driving history, stopping the practice of the Marion County Traffic Court regularly fining people $400 to $500 if they choose to exercise their right to a jury trial.
Sen. Young has proved himself a superb legislator, someone who is willing to take up causes that other legislators for years have ignored. I don't know of any other legislator who is more deserving of re-election.