03/14/19 -- HCS HB 547 -- Requires the establishment of Veteran Treatment Courts

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 547
Bill Purpose: 
Requires the establishment of Veteran Treatment Courts
Date of Vote: 
03/14/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 547, introduced by Representative Dave Griffith (Republican - District 60) requires each circuit court to establish a treatment court division specifically geared towards veterans.  While I don't generally like creating special tracks for certain classes of people (as the law is always more fair when applied equally), I do think that the issues related to veterans are unique.  Aside from the clear fact that veterans often face especially different challenges and trauma, for the most part these struggles are brought upon as a result of their military service.  Accordingly, when such veterans find themselves on the wrong side of the law for minor issues, it seems reasonable to allow them the opportunity to get the help they need to bounce back.

This bill doesn't necessarily create new court divisions - if it is not feasible to do so in a particular area, the use of a nearby jurisdiction's treatment court instead.  As such, this bill is not overly burdensome, and as such I voted "yes".