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Your Guide to the Current Legislative and Regulatory Happenings in the Interpreting Profession

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Julie Anne Schafer, RID HQ Director of Public Policy and AdvocacyDirector’s Corner

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — legislative session! Legislative session has started, or will be starting, in almost every state. Whether or not you agree that it is the most wonderful time of the year, we are excited to relaunch In the Hopper!

Public Policy and Advocacy Department = Standards and Practices Department
As you may be aware, RID has undergone a recent reorganization. Formerly the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, I am now the Director of Standards and Practices (S&P). In addition to my policy and advocacy duties, I am now administering the Ethical Practices System and monitoring Affiliate Chapter compliance. We recently welcomed Neal Tucker to the team, who will serve as the Policy and Compliance Specialist and assist in the day-to-day functions of the S&P Department. Together, we will work to keep you informed of the current happenings around the country and support the advocacy and policy efforts in your state!

Ongoing Collaboration
I want to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of your role in RID’s advocacy efforts. Each year, we are faced with legislation that may impact the profession, and your collaboration is needed to ensure we are able to address bills that arise on a state and local level. If we’ve missed something, let us know! We will gladly include it in our next update.

As always, your feedback about ITH is not only welcomed but also encouraged. Please contact us at advocacy@rid.org with questions and suggestions. Is there something you want to see more of? Let us know!

Julie Anne Schafer, JD
Director of Standards and Practices 


 

STATE LEGISLATION

CALIFORNIA

Bill Number: AB 1709
Sponsor: Representative James Gallagher (REP-CA)
Bill Title: An act to amend Section 754 of the Evidence Code, relating to courts
Abstract: Relating to the certification of interpreters in the California Court System.
Status: First Reading 01/25/16. May be heard in committee on 02/25/16.

Bill Number: AB 2311
Sponsor: Representative Cheryl R. Brown (DEM- CA)
Bill Title: Emergency Services: Sign Language Interpreters
Abstract: The office shall provide, or contract for, a disaster response sign language interpreter certification program, which shall train persons on the use of American Sign Language to effectively communicate public safety information.
Status: From Printer 2/19/16. May be heard in committee on March 20.

FLORIDA

Bill Number: HB 705 (cross-filed: SB 916)
Sponsor: Representative Lori Berman (DEM-FLA) and K-12 Subcommittee
Bill Title: Qualifications for Educational Interpreters
Abstract: Requires State Board of Education (SBE) to establish standards for educational interpreters and school districts to notify parents if an individual providing interpreter services does not meet SBE standards and report to Department of Education (DOE) information regarding individuals providing interpreter services.
Status: Passed Third Reading. Referred to Senate.

Bill Number: SB 916 (cross-filed HB 705)
Sponsor: Senator Thad Altman (REP-FLA) and Education Pre-K-12
Bill Title: Qualifications for Educational Interpreters
Abstract: Qualifications for Educational Interpreters ; Requiring the State Board of Education to adopt standards for educational interpreters; requiring school districts to notify parents if an individual assigned to provide interpreter services for their student does not meet such standards; requiring school districts to report to the Department of Education, for publication on its website, certain information regarding individuals providing interpreter services, etc.
Status: Committee Substitute read first time 2/9/16.

UTAH

Bill Number: HB 102
Sponsor: Representative Rebecca Edwards (REP-UT)
Bill Title: Interpreter services for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing Act
Abstract: Amends provisions relating to the certification of and requirements for interpreters or transliterators for the deaf or hard of hearing; and makes technical and conforming changes.
Status: Committee vote: held.

Bill Number: HB 325
Sponsor: Representative Norman K. Thurston (REP- UT)
Bill Title: Office of Rehabilitation Services Amendments
Abstract: Under Part 6, “Interpreter Services for the Deaf  and Hard of Hearing Act;” The establishment of an Interpreter Certification Board.
Status: Passed House. Senate First Reading.
Utah HB 325 Update in ASL

WASHINGTON

Bill Number: HB 2324
Sponsor: Representative Kevin Van De Wege (DEM-WA), Representative Derek Stanford (DEM-WA), Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (DEM-WA), Representative Noel Frame (DEM-WA), and Representative Gael Tarleton (DEM-WA)
Bill Title: Concerning Educational Interpreters
Abstract: Authorizes the parent or guardian of a child who is deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing to request a specific sign language or sign system in the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Requires school districts to give priority to a request for a specific sign language or sign system to be used in an IEP. Requires an educational interpreter to comply with the sign language or sign system specified in a child’s IEP. Identifies the Education Sign Skills Evaluation and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment as options that meet the requirements for educational interpreter assessments. Modifies definitions.
Status: Hearing held 1/19/16.
HB 2425 Update in ASL 

WISCONSIN

Bill Number: AB 726 (cross-filed: SB 568)
Sponsor: Representative Tyler Vorpagel (REP-WI), Representative Adam Jarchow (REP-WI), Representative David Craig (REP-WI), and Representative Rob Hutton (REP-WI)
Bill Title: Assembly Bill 726
Abstract: This bill eliminates the Sign Language Interpreter Council and transfers the duties of both the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and the Sign Language Interpreter Council regarding sign language interpreters to the Hearing and Speech Examining Board. In addition, the bill eliminates one of the hearing instrument specialist members on the Hearing and Speech Examining Board and adds to that board two sign language interpreters and one additional public member.
Status: Read first time and referred to Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations.
AB 726/SB 568 Update in ASL.

Bill Number: SB 568 (cross-filed AB 726)
Sponsor: Senator Duey Stroebel (REP-WI), Senator Frank G. Lasee (REP-WI), and Senator Chris Kapenga (REP-WI)
Bill Title: Senate Bill 568
Abstract: This bill eliminates the Sign Language Interpreter Council and transfers the duties of both DSPS and the Sign Language Interpreter Council regarding sign language interpreters to the Hearing and Speech Examining Board. In addition, the bill eliminates one of the hearing instrument specialist members on the Hearing and Speech Examining Board and adds to that board two sign language interpreters and one additional public member.
Status: Hearing Held 1/19/16 in Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection.
AB 726/SB 568 Update in ASL.


STATE REGULATION

ARIZONA
Agency: Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Type: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Description: As a result of NAD’s cessation of providing certification on June 30, 2005, as well as RID’s moratorium on testing, the State of Arizona is adding that the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) as an acceptable certifying entity.
Register: Vol. 22, Issue 6 ~ Administrative Register Contents ~ February 5, 2016
ASL Update on Rules Changes

TENNESSEE

Abstract: The proposed development of licensure for Educational Interpreters.
Origin: State Board of Education
Meeting Minutes
Education Interpreters Policy 5.400
Educator Licensure Rule 0520-02-03.04
Educator Licensure Policy 5.502
Professional Assessments Policy 5.105
Status: Next meeting date: April 15, 2016.
ASL Update on Proposed Educational Interpreter License


 

 

Upcoming Events:

MARYLAND

7th Annual Legislative Awareness Day

Monday, March 7, 2016, at 2:30 pm

Joint Hearing Room (Room 145)

90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

Click here for an agenda with more information.

If you have an event you would like promoted through ITH, please email advocacy@rid.org and we would be happy to include it in our next issue!