Mayfield’s bill streamlining Hispanic/Latino Commission moves forward

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 17, 2020) – The Government and Regulatory Reform Committee voted unanimously to approve State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) legislation clarifying what constitutes a majority vote required for the Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs to take official action.

The ICHLA, of which Mayfield is a member, is a non-partisan state commission that receives administrative support from the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. The commission meets regularly to address issues affecting the Hispanic and Latino community. Members travel from all areas of the state to Indianapolis.

Mayfield said changing the requirement to an affirmative vote of the majority of the members present more closely aligns with widely accepted parliamentary procedure, such as Roberts Rules of Order.

“Making this change would not only be beneficial to the commission, but also to the Hispanic and Latino community,” Mayfield said. “Under the current statute, the commission is sometimes prevented from taking any action if a vote is not unanimous. This is common-sense legislation that makes this commission more efficient.”

House Bill 1166 now moves to the House floor for further discussion. Visit in.gov/ichla for more information on the ICHLA.

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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
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