Rep. Paul Graves’ first bill becomes law, simplifies oath requirements for interpreters

House Bill 1285 was signed into law on Thursday. The measure, which is the first by freshman lawmaker Rep. Paul Graves to arrive on the governor’s desk, will simplify the oath requirements for interpreters in legal proceedings. The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously, without amendments.

Under current law, interpreters for hearing impaired or non-English speaking people who provide services in court or other official capacities must submit an oath to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) every two years after receiving their certification.  This bill will change the requirement so interpreters only have to submit an oath one time.

“This is just good, bipartisan policy,” said Graves, R-Fall City. “Interpreters are dedicated individuals and deserve to be treated like any other professional.”

The new policy will put interpreters on a level playing field with doctors, lawyers, and other public safety officials who have a one-time oath requirements.

“I’m proud this is my first bill,” said Graves. “My goal is to make life easier for Washingtonians and I look forward to sponsoring more bills that do just that.”

House Bill 1285 will go into effect 90 days after the 2017 legislative session adjourns.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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