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Bill Summary

The Sign Language Interpreters Act requires that sign language interpreters working in specific settings are required to demonstrate a specific level of competence in an effort to protect the public against unqualified, incompetent and unethical practitioners. This act benefits the deaf, hard of hearing and general public by setting standards of qualifications for those who seek to engage in the practice of interpreting and to protect consumers from unprofessional conduct and/or malpractice. The bill has been created to help ensure that effective communication, as protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is able to occur whenever a citizen interacts via a sign language interpreter. 

This Act creates a Sign Language Interpreters Registry under the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation requiring sign language interpreters working in state government, public institutions of higher education, law enforcement entities, hospital systems and in the judicial department to hold nationally recognized certification. 

This Act also creates a Sign Language Interpreters Registry under the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation requiring sign language interpreters working in a public school district to hold an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) level of 3.5 or higher, successful completion of the EIPA written test, and a sworn statement to abide by the EIPA Code of Professional Conduct for Educational Interpreters.

What is the Interpreter Bill?- Sherry Williams

Interpreter Bill 2017- Sherry Williams

Bill S548

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