Idaho Governor Vetoes Bill for Licensed Sign Language Interpreters
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed a bill that would have required Idaho sign language interpreters to get a state license.
The plan aimed to stop unqualified interpreters from causing miscommunications in important situations, like emergency rooms or legal proceedings. But Otter said Wednesday that the plan would have created a strain on already limited resources. Otter added that he will work with stakeholders to make a policy for certified interpreters in the future.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little had supported the bill, voting yes to break a 17-17 tie in the Senate. The bill had passed the House 41-27. Attempting or offering to interpret sign language without a license would have been a misdemeanor under the bill.