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Idaho House advances sign language interpreter license bill

Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 15:14:49-05

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)