Information Sharing
May 29, 2014
• Representing Idaho RID:
• June Flannery
• Holly Thomas-Mowery
• Representing Idaho CDHH
• Steven Snow
• Steven Stubbs (Chair)
• Representing Idaho Association of the Deaf
• Alan Wilding
• At-large
• LaVona Andrew- representing RID (non-voting)
• Elizabeth Morgan- representing ISU ITP
• To protect Deaf children and to provide them
with access to the curriculum
• Ensure grievance mechanism to receive and
facilitate resolution of affected parties
• Heighten professionalism among interpreters
• Simple quality control measure to ensure that Deaf
and non-Deaf (hearing) consumers are receiving
appropriate interpreting services
• Reduce general threats to the health and safety of
Deaf people statewide
• Minimize the liability of hiring entities in providing
services to Deaf consumer
• Ensure equal access to education, the criminal justice
system, and health care for Deaf children and adults
• April-June 2014- Collecting input/feedback
from community/stakeholders
• June-July 2014: Refining the bill
• August-December 2014: Seek sponsors from
Senate and House; seek supports from
organizations, local and state entities
• January-March 2015: Presentation and
ratification of Sign Language Interpreter Act by
the state legislature
• July 2015: Appointment of new board of directors
by the Governor
• July-December 2015: Draft Procedures and
Regulations for Sign Language Interpreter License
• January 2016: Present and ratify Procedures and
Regulations by a germane committee of Idaho state
• July 1 2016: Enact Sign Language Interpreter Act
• Legislation is basically an act of law passed by
the state legislature to become a law. A
regulation is a set of rules detailing how the law
will be implemented.
• Regulations are imposed by the regulatory
Creation of the Board
Administration of the Board
Applying for License
Expired License
Provisional License
Suspension of License
Grievance Process
Legal and Criminal Disclosures
• 5 person Board of Directors appointed by the
• 3 licensed interpreters
• 2 deaf citizens with knowledge of interpreting
• 4 year term (Cannot serve more than two terms
• Idaho Bureau of Occupational License (BOL) will
manage the operation of the board and license
• Two types of licenses
• General
• PreK-12
• Issuing license
Proof of credentials (national and certain states certifications required to qualify)
Sworn statement on code of ethics
• Renewal of license
Proof of credentials
Documentation of one CEU
• Licensee has 60 days after expiration to renew
• Licenses expired more than 60 days are
automatically terminated
• Issuing provisional license (a period of 12
• Application (including relevant training & experience)
• Sworn statement on code of ethics
• Payment
• May be extended for an additional 12 months
(24 months maximum)
• To apply for an extension, must include documentation of one
CEU and a plan of how the minimum standard necessary to
obtain interpreting license will be achieved
• Using a false, fraudulent, or forged statement
• Use of alcohol or drugs that interfere the job
• Violating the Code of Professional Conduct (or
applicable corresponding code of ethics)
• Engaging in dishonorable, unprofessional conduct
• Incompetence or gross negligence
• The board may recommend suspension after a
hearing is conducted
• Student enrolled in interpreter training program
• Participant of a board-approved mentoring
• Interpreting solely in religious setting such as a
church, synagogue, or other worship setting
• Interpreting in a private, non-commercial, family
event (retained by the family)
• A out-of-state interpreter holding current
nationally-recognized credential
• May provide services for up to 30 working days per year
• Interpreter holding PreK-12 license
• May petition the board for a one-time temporary
exemption to interpret in general settings for up to
90 days
• Interpreter holding a general license is allowed
to interpret in a PreK-12 settings
• Certified Deaf interpreter (CDI)
• Deaf Interpreter
• Must work with licensed interpreters
• Endorsement agreement may be approved for
applicants from specific board-approved states
that licenses, or certify interpreters. This is
sometimes called reciprocity.
• Charges of fraud, deceit, negligence, etc. may
be brought.
• Charges must be brought within one year
• Decision may be appealed
• The board may:
Dismiss the charges
Impose fines
Suspend/revoke the full/provisional license
Or both.
• If a person interprets for consumers without a
license or presents or files false information to
the board for the purpose of obtaining license
• Guilty of a misdemeanor
• Fine of up to five thousand dollars
• Hiring entity or interpreter referral agency is
subject to fines/penalties if they retain services
of an unlicensed interpreter
• Upon conviction of a felony, the interpreter will
notify the board within 10 days
• If any civil action is brought concerning an
interpreted transaction, the board must be
• You will have the opportunity to share your
thoughts and input/feedback regarding this bill.
• Date and location will be announced
• If you cannot attend one of the open forums,
you can contact one of the task force members
• If you would like to view the bill in its entirety,
contact Steven Snow
([email protected]) to request a copy

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