House supports Lauer’s bill holding public servants more accountable

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:20 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation imposing tougher penalties on government officials and employees who are convicted of stealing public funds.

Lauer said House Bill 1192 would require public servants who steal public funds to reimburse the stolen amount through their pensions, if they cannot pay the amount back themselves. Currently, a person cannot be required to use their pension to pay off debt, even if it would be used to repay stolen taxpayer dollars.

“We need to protect taxpayers by ensuring offenders are held responsible when theft occurs,” Lauer said. “Many times, thieves spend the stolen money before they are caught. This legislation would help enable communities to get their public funds back even when offenders no longer have the money.”

According to Lauer, this bill would be an important deterrent to discourage officials from violating public trust.

To learn more about House Bill 1192, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,

which includes portions of Bartholomew County.

A high-resolution photo of Lauer can be downloaded by clicking here.