RIRID worked to revise the Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf Act, 5-71. The great news is that our bills H5695 Sub A and S0478 Sub A have passed through the House and Senate respectively! They are onto Governor Raimondo's office for her signature. Thank you to the fantastic members of RIRID who came together to discuss revision, thanks to RICDHH Executive Director Steve Florio for facilitating the revision, and a special thanks to Rep. Handy, Rep Jacquard, Rep. Naughton, Rep. Maldonado, Sen. Walaska, Sen Felag, Sen. Ciccone, and Sen. McCaffrey for sponsoring our bill!
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, House Bill 5695, the Bill that regulates our license passed the Full House. It has now been referred to the Senate Health and Human Services committee as Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa, which will be heard on June 16, 2015.
Once it passes that committee and the full Senate, then it becomes effective. We'll keep you posted as to the dates of the hearings in the committee and full Senate.
Thank you for your support!
Letters of Support for Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa
Please send emails of support for our licensure bill to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill will be heard and hopefully voted on tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. E-mail address, subject line and template language are listed below for you to paste, sign and send. Thank you for your support!
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SUBJECT: Support of Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa - Interpreters for the Deaf
Dear Chairman Miller and Senate Health and Human Services Committee,
I am writing to you in support of Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa, which is the proposed revision of Chapter 5-71 of the General Law, Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf. As a member of the Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, these licensure regulations greatly impact the work I perform, the community I serve, and the integrity of interpreting profession in Rhode Island.
RIRID has hosted meetings throughout the winter to gather input and reconstruct regulations that best serves the local Deaf Community. We have recommended changes that align Rhode Island’s licensure requirements to reflect current credentials being awarded by our national organization, The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. These credentials include National Interpreter Certification (NIC), and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). The recommended changes also expand the state’s definitions to recognized Deaf-Blind community members, an often overlooked and underrepresented minority population. The revisions also remove the term “transliterator” from our license specialties, which aligns with RID’s current credentialing practice.
RIRID is grateful to have had a healthy opportunity for communal dialogue about the regulations with the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our profession is ever changing; the revisions proposed reflect the interpreting community’s good-faith effort to keep our regulations current and enforceable.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rosa Norberg at RIRIDpresident@ririd.org.
For more information go to http://www.cdhh.ri.gov/legislation/current/
Budget Article 18 has been withdrawn, so RICDHH will remain as an independent entity!
Budget Article 19 has been struck from the Governor's budget, so our licensure board will still remain autonomous!
House Bill 5900, Article 19 was proposed as part of the Governor's budget. RIRID opposed Article 19 as it would have disbanded the Board of Examiners of Interpreters for the Deaf, along with other professional boards.
We asked RIRID members to send letters to Governor Raimondo, House Speaker Matiello and Senate President Paiva-Weed. Template language was provided above and their corresponding e-mail addresses.
THANK YOU TO YOUR ADVOCACY, ARTICLE 19 WAS DROPPED FROM THE BUDGET! RIRID thanks you for your help to retain the licensure board's autonomy.
Like we said before, Budget Article 18 has been withdrawn, so RICDHH will remain as an independent entity.