The Idaho House has backed legislation requiring sign language interpreters to get a professional license from a state board.
Governor "Butch" Otter vetoed a similar proposal two years ago, arguing that the plan would have created a strain on already limited resources.
However, Rep. Kelly Packer, a Republican from McCammon, says that unqualified interpreters have caused miscommunications in important situations, like emergency rooms or legal proceedings.
Attempting or offering to interpret sign language without a license would be a misdemeanor under the bill.
The bill cleared the House on Thursday. It now moves to the Senate for approval.
(by Associated Press)