Graves’ first bill unanimously approved by state House

Rep. Paul Graves, R-Fall City, saw his first piece of legislation approved by the state House of Representatives today. House Bill 1285 would simplify the oath requirements for interpreters in legal proceedings. The bill passed unanimously, 98-0.

Under current law, interpreters for hearing impaired or non-English speaking persons 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. Graves’ bill would change the requirement so interpreters only have to submit an oath a single time.

“My hope as a legislator is to simplify life for Washingtonians as much as possible,” said Graves. “Just like doctors, lawyers, or public safety officials, these are professionals who are dedicated to their jobs. They should be treated the same. This is a straightforward, common sense fix to an over-burdensome requirement.”

House Bill 1285 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications