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H.B. 371






Chief Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

Senate Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to the provision of interpreter services for the
             11      hearing impaired.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    modifies provisions that establish certification requirements for certified interpreters
             15      for the hearing impaired; and
             16          .    provides an exemption from certification requirements for an interpreter who is
             17      providing interpreter services for certain religious entities.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          53A-26a-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 306
             25          53A-26a-301, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 306
             26          53A-26a-305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 324

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 53A-26a-102 is amended to read:
             30           53A-26a-102. Definitions.
             31          As used in this chapter:
             32          (1) "Advisory board" or "board" means the Interpreters Certification Board created in
             33      Section 53A-26a-201 .
             34          (2) "Certified interpreter" means a person who is certified as meeting the certification
             35      requirements of this chapter.
             36          (3) "Hearing impaired" means a hearing loss which:
             37          (a) necessitates the visual acquisition of language; or
             38          (b) adversely affects the acquisition of language but which does not preclude the
             39      auditory acquisition of language.
             40          (4) "Interpreter services" means [those services provided for payment by an individual
             41      holding one's self out to be a certified interpreter to facilitate effective communication between
             42      hearing and hearing impaired persons] services that facilitate effective communication between
             43      a hearing person and a person who is hearing impaired as defined by Subsection
             44      53A-26a-102 (3), through American Sign Language or a language system or code that is
             45      modeled after American Sign Language, in whole or in part, or is in any way derived from
             46      American Sign Language.
             47          Section 2. Section 53A-26a-301 is amended to read:
             48           53A-26a-301. Certification required -- Classes of certification.
             49          (1) [Certification is required to provide interpretive services, except] Except as
             50      specifically provided in Section 53A-26a-305 , an individual is required to be certified as a
             51      certified interpreter if that individual provides interpretive services and a state or federal law
             52      requires the interpreter to be certified or qualified.
             53          (2) The State Board of Education shall issue a certification to any person who qualifies
             54      under this chapter in classifications determined by the board based upon recommendations
             55      from the advisory board.
             56          Section 3. Section 53A-26a-305 is amended to read:
             57           53A-26a-305. Exemptions from certification -- Temporary or restricted
             58      certification.

             59          (1) The following individuals may engage in the practice of a certified interpreter,
             60      subject to the stated circumstances and limitations, without being certified under this chapter:
             61          (a) an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, the United States
             62      Public Health Service, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or other federal
             63      agencies while engaged in activities regulated under this chapter as a part of employment with
             64      that federal agency if the person holds a valid certificate or license to provide interpreter
             65      services issued by any other state or jurisdiction recognized by the State Board of Education;
             66          (b) a student engaged in providing interpreter services while in training in a recognized
             67      school approved by the State Board of Education to the extent the student's activities are
             68      supervised by qualified faculty, staff, or designee, and the services are a defined part of the
             69      training program;
             70          (c) an individual engaged in an internship, residency, apprenticeship, or on-the-job
             71      training program approved by the State Board of Education while under the supervision of
             72      qualified persons;
             73          (d) an individual residing in another state and certified or licensed to provide
             74      interpreter services in that state, who is called in for a consultation by an individual certified to
             75      provide interpreter services in this state, and the services provided are limited to that
             76      consultation;
             77          (e) an individual who is invited by a recognized school, association, or other body
             78      approved by the State Board of Education to conduct a lecture, clinic, or demonstration on
             79      interpreter services if the individual does not establish a place of business or regularly engage
             80      in the practice of providing interpreter services in this state; [and]
             81          (f) an individual licensed in another state or country who is in this state temporarily to
             82      attend to the needs of an athletic team or group, except that the individual may only attend to
             83      the needs of the team or group, including all individuals who travel with the team or group,
             84      except as a spectator[.]; or
             85          (g) an individual who is providing interpreter services for a religious entity, to the
             86      extent that the religious entity is specifically exempted from liability under federal law.
             87          (2) (a) An individual temporarily in this state who is exempted from certification under
             88      Subsection (1) shall comply with each requirement of the jurisdiction from which the
             89      individual derives authority to practice.

             90          (b) Violation of any limitation imposed by this section is grounds for removal of
             91      exempt status, denial of certification, or another disciplinary proceeding.
             92          (3) (a) Upon the declaration of a national, state, or local emergency, the State Board of
             93      Education, in collaboration with the advisory board, may suspend the requirements for
             94      permanent or temporary certification of persons who are certified or licensed in another state.
             95          (b) Individuals exempt under Subsection (3)(a) shall be exempt from certification for
             96      the duration of the emergency while engaged in providing interpreter services for which they
             97      are certified or licensed in the other state.
             98          (4) The State Board of Education, after consulting with the advisory board, may adopt
             99      rules for the issuance of temporary or restricted certifications if their issuance is necessary to or
             100      justified by:
             101          (a) a lack of necessary available interpretive services in any area or community of the
             102      state, if the lack of services might be reasonably considered to materially jeopardize
             103      compliance with state or federal law; or
             104          (b) a need to first observe an applicant for certification in a monitored or supervised
             105      practice of providing interpretive services before a decision is made by the board either to grant
             106      or deny the applicant a regular certification.

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