CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1727
1991 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 20, 1991
Yeas 98 Nays 0
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 12, 1991
Yeas 38 Nays 0
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1727 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Secretary of State
State of Washington
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1727
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Appelwick, Jacobsen, Paris, Morton, Mielke, Brekke, Anderson, Forner, Day, Vance, R. Johnson and Wineberry).
Read first time March 6, 1991.
AN ACT Relating to interpreters; amending RCW 2.42.110, 2.42.130, 2.42.160, and 2.42.170; and repealing RCW 2.42.020, 2.42.030, and 2.42.040.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 2.42.110 and 1985 c 389 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
"Impaired person" means a person who, because of a hearing or
speech impairment, cannot readily understand or communicate in spoken
language; and includes persons who are deaf, deaf and blind, speech
impaired, or hard of hearing.
"Qualified interpreter" means ((
an interpreter who is certified by
the registry of interpreters for the deaf with the certificate level specified
below and who meets the requirements of RCW 2.42.130. (a)
For judicial proceedings involving a class A felony, use of the services of a
qualified interpreter holding the specialist certificate-legal is required. (b)
For other judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative proceedings, use of the
services of a qualified interpreter holding the specialist certificate-legal,
master's comprehensive skills certificate, or comprehensive skills certificate
is required. (c)
For programs and activities other than judicial or administrative proceedings,
the services of a qualified interpreter holding a partial certification shall
be required. Efforts to obtain the services of a qualified interpreter holding
the master's comprehensive certificate or comprehensive skills certificate
shall be made before obtaining the services of a qualified interpreter holding
the interpreting certificate and/or the transliterating certificate)) a
visual language interpreter who is certified by the state or is certified by
the registry of interpreters for the deaf to hold the comprehensive skills
certificate or both certificates of interpretation and transliteration, or an
interpreter who can readily translate statements of speech impaired persons
into spoken language.
(3) "Intermediary interpreter" means a hearing impaired
interpreter who holds a reverse skills certificate by the state or is
certified by the registry of interpreters for the deaf with a reverse skills
certificate, who meets the requirements of RCW 2.42.130, and who is able to
assist in providing an accurate interpretation between spoken and sign language
or between variants of sign language by acting as an intermediary between a
hearing impaired person and a qualified hearing interpreter.
(4) "Appointing authority" means the presiding officer or
similar official of any court, department, board, commission, agency, licensing
authority, or legislative body of the state or of any political subdivision.
Sec. 2. RCW 2.42.130 and 1985 c 389 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) If a qualified interpreter for a hearing impaired person is required, the appointing authority shall request a qualified interpreter and/or an intermediary interpreter through the department of social and health services, office of deaf services, or through any community center for hearing impaired persons which operates an interpreter referral service. The office of deaf services and these community centers shall maintain an up-to-date list or lists of interpreters that are certified by the state and/or by the registry of interpreters for the deaf.
(2) The appointing authority shall make a preliminary determination, on the basis of testimony or stated needs of the hearing impaired person, that the interpreter is able in that particular proceeding, program, or activity to interpret accurately all communication to and from the hearing impaired person. If at any time during the proceeding, program, or activity, in the opinion of the hearing impaired person or a qualified observer, the interpreter does not provide accurate, impartial, and effective communication with the hearing impaired person the appointing authority shall appoint another qualified interpreter. No otherwise qualified interpreter who is a relative of any participant in the proceeding may be appointed.
Sec. 3. RCW 2.42.160 and 1985 c 389 s 16 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) A qualified and/or intermediary interpreter shall not, without the written consent of the parties to the communication, be examined as to any communication the interpreter interprets under circumstances where the communication is privileged by law.
(2) A qualified and/or intermediary interpreter shall not, without the written consent of the parties to the communication, be examined as to any information the interpreter obtains while interpreting pertaining to any proceeding then pending.
Sec. 4. RCW 2.42.170 and 1985 c 389 s 17 are each amended to read as follows:
A qualified and/or intermediary interpreter appointed under this chapter is entitled to a reasonable fee for services, including waiting time and reimbursement for actual necessary travel expenses. The fee for services for interpreters for hearing impaired persons shall be in accordance with standards established by the department of social and health services, office of deaf services.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 2.42.020 and 1989 c 358 s 13, 1983 c 222 s 2, & 1973 c 22 s 2;
(2) RCW 2.42.030 and 1973 c 22 s 3; and