2018 Interpreter Bills
Updated On: Jul 28, 2020

This year the House, the Senate and the Governorship are all under the control of the same party. 

SB 6245 Concerning spoken language interpreter services

SB 6245 would centralize and consolidate the procurement of spoken language interpreter services thereby reducing administrative costs while protecting consumers. It would also limit testing for languages and regions where there are already too many interpreters.

Update: Signed into law on March 23, 2018 becoming effective on June 7, 2018.

HB 1186 Provision of and reimbursement for certain court interpreter services

HB 1186 was introduced at the behest of the Board of Judicial Administration and (a) requires presiding officers to appoint a certified, registered, or qualified interpreter at public expense in all legal proceedings in which a non-English-speaking person is a party or is compelled to appear; (b) provides for reimbursement by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) of one-half of the costs for interpreters, subject to the availability of funds specifically appropriated for this purpose; and (c) requires presiding officers to track and provide interpreter cost and usage data annually to the AOC.

Update: Died in the Senate's fiscal committee.

More Information:
2018 SB 6245 Flyer
2018 WSLC Legislative Report
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