STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2017) — State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) legislation granting members of fire departments the option of representation when facing disciplinary action passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today 91-4.
House Bill 1171 will help ensure firefighters are provided due process when facing termination or a demotion with cause. The legislation would allow full-time, paid, non-probationary firefighters to choose representation by legal counsel, a labor organization representative or another representative of their choice. Under this proposal, a final meeting between a firefighter and their supervisor cannot take place until the firefighter is able to obtain their representation if they so choose, at their own expense.
“Firefighters work hard every day to protect our communities,” Mahan said. “This legislation will give them the opportunity to obtain the fair representation they deserve when dealing with termination or a demotion with cause. With their livelihoods possibly at stake, I want these dedicated Hoosiers to know they have the right to an advocate when facing disciplinary proceedings.”
Under this legislation, firefighters will have the responsibility to pay for their own representation if they choose to seek counsel.
House Bill 1171 now proceeds to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this bill.
State Rep. Kevin Mahan represents House District 31, which includes
Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.
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