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After Emotional Hearing, Idaho House Panel OKs Bill to License Sign Language Interpreters

Tuesday, February 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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By Boise Weekly

More than a few tears were shed Monday morning as the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee hosted an emotional public hearing on House Bill 46, which would call for formal licensing of sign language interpreters.

"These people are pleading for help," said Rep. Kelley Packer (R-McCammon), co-chair of the committee and sponsor of the measure, which would create new licensing requirements for interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing. It is estimated about 204,000 Idahoans deal with hearing loss—at least 13 percent of the population.

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