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Former Democratic IN Governor:
Frank O'Bannon on the Issues

Frank O'Bannon on Abortion

No stance on record.

Frank O'Bannon on Budget & Economy

  • Focus during slowdown on education & vulnerability. (Jan 2001)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)

Frank O'Bannon on Civil Rights

  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Corporations

No stance on record.

Frank O'Bannon on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Frank O'Bannon on Education

  • Standards worked for math & English; apply to other subjects. (Jan 2001)
  • $50 million for flexible school readiness program. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Energy & Oil

  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)

Frank O'Bannon on Environment

  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)

Frank O'Bannon on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal welfare funding for child support. (Jun 1999)
  • Keep TANF program focused on family welfare, not other tasks. (Mar 1999)

Frank O'Bannon on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Frank O'Bannon on Free Trade

  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)

Frank O'Bannon on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Frank O'Bannon on Health Care

  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Frank O'Bannon on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Frank O'Bannon on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)

Frank O'Bannon on Jobs

  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)

Frank O'Bannon on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Frank O'Bannon on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: United Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Tax Reform

  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Frank O'Bannon on Welfare & Poverty

  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)