An eastern Idaho lawmaker is once again backing legislation requiring sign language interpreters to get a professional license from a state board.
Governor "Butch" Otter vetoed a similar proposal in 2014, arguing that the plan would have created a strain on already limited resources.
However, Rep. Kelly Packer, a Republican from McCammon, says her new plan addresses those concerns. Packer said she has worked with officials to courts in rural areas to ensure they could use video-chat with a licensed interpreter, if that area did not have one readily available.
The House Health and Welfare Committee agreed to introduce the legislation Monday. The bill must now pass a full hearing.
Advocates of the proposal say unqualified interpreters have caused miscommunications in important situations, like emergency rooms or legal proceedings.
(by Associated Press)