2012-02-22 / Community

Political Briefs

Diener announces candidancy for Circuit Court judge

Local attorney Benjamin A. Diener is announcing his candidacy for Carroll County Circuit Court Judge. Attorney Diener was raised in Monticello. He is a graduate of Twin Lakes High School, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and Barry University School of Law.

He is a solo practitioner with an office in Monticello. He practices criminal defense and represents juveniles in delinquency proceedings. In his civil practice he drafts wills and trusts, administers estates, represents clients in contract disputes, represents local banks and represents clients in child abuse and neglect cases. He also represents and advises the White County Area Plan Commission and the White County Board of Zoning Appeals. He has served as Judge Pro Tempore in the White Superior Court and in the White Circuit Court.

Prior to returning to his home own to start his private practice, Diener was an Assistant Attorney General in Texas. In that capacity he made quasi-judicial determinations regarding Texas’ Public Information Act. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Indiana.

Diener Diener Attorney Diener believes in his ability to create a positive, professional environment for those interacting with the court. He respects the position and role of judge and holds such in the highest regard. He is dedicated to conducting his affairs, public and private, in a manner worthy of such position.

Attorney Diener and his wife, Abigail, married last October purchased a home in Delphi where they plan to raise their family.

Area legislators work to cut waste and improve programs

State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) and House Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) are spearheading a bill through the legislative process aimed at saving tax dollars, cutting waste and improving efficiency of state programs.

The House Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform voted 8-0 Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 311, sending the amended proposal to the full House for further consideration.

The policy initiative, authored by Hershman and sponsored by Truitt, tasks the Office of Management and Budget with providing Indiana’s governor and the Administrative Rules Oversight Committee fiscal impact statements on governmental rules three years after the rules have been implemented by state agencies.

Hershman said policymakers can use the up-todate information to determine areas of improvement, if state funds could be invested more wisely and where to trim the fat from costly federal programs – especially in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing and health care.

“When considering new policies or before implementing regulations, officials examine preliminary fiscal-impact review statements,” Hershman said. “Currently, there is no protocol for re-assessing those preliminary statements to determine if they were accurate. Important decisions are being made based on estimations. With this bill, I want to establish a procedure for reviewing the effectiveness of implemented rules and the unforeseen consequences that may have resulted from enacted regulations.”

Truitt said the bill is part of ongoing efforts to increase government transparency and oversight.

“With this proposal, we are aiming to reassure taxpayers that we are being good stewards of their hard-earned dollars,” Truitt said. “Conducting costbenefit analyses creates a review system that allows the government to check the effectiveness of various regulations. This will benefit the state by ensuring the most cost-effective administrative rules remain in place while flagging inefficient ones. All forms of government should put in the necessary safeguards to remain fiscally responsible.”

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