Tensions Flare Over Protections for Homeless

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): An Indianapolis proposal that would establish new protections for the homeless is fueling tensions between advocates and city leaders who are worried about the costs.<br />  
The Indianapolis Star reports the proposal sponsored by Democratic Councilman Leroy Robinson would require that the homeless be allowed to move freely in public places, have access to emergency medical care, receive equal treatment from city agencies and be allowed privacy for their personal property.
 
Opponents fear the proposal would make it difficult for police to enforce public nuisance laws. They also say its fiscal impact hasn't been vetted.
 
The proposal has been sent back to a committee because of a lack of support.
 
Republican leader Michael McQuillen says the bill could force the city to provide care for thousands of people.