HB 488-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 488-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13
COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration
This bill declares that interpreters shall be provided to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing if such person wishes to consult with their senator or representative on the state house campus.
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Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
14:12-a Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Required. Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, licensed under RSA 326-I, shall be provided to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing if such person wishes to meet with his or her senator or representative on the state house campus. Persons who would like an interpreter pursuant to this section shall provide sufficient notice to the speaker of the house of representatives or the president of the senate, as appropriate.
HB 488-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill would require the provision of licensed interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing if such person wishes to meet with his or her senator or representative on the state house campus. The Legislative Branch states that contracting for deaf and hard of hearing interpreters is typically done through a referral service which charges a referral fee. Referral fees vary, depending on timeliness of the request and number of interpreters needed. Interpreters bill directly for their services, based on individual hourly rates, and include travel time and milage incurred. In FY 2018, referral fees charged ranged between $30-$55 per assignment. The average hourly rate for an interpreter was $45 and mileage is based upon the federal mileage rate as set annually by the IRS. The number of times interpreters may be requested, the number of such interpreters required, the duration of each service, amount of travel time and number of miles traveled are all unknown and thus the fiscal impact is indeterminable.
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 3 P. 17|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/13/2019 10:30 am LOB 303|
|Feb. 20, 2019||Executive Session: 02/20/2019 10:00 am LOB 303|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 7-4; RC)|
|Feb. 27, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/27/2019 (Vote 7-4; RC) HC 13 P. 21|
|Feb. 28, 2019||Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/28/2019|
|Feb. 28, 2019||Referred to Finance 02/28/2019|
|Feb. 28, 2019||Referral Waived by Committee Chair per House Rule 46(f) 02/28/2019|
|March 14, 2019||Introduced 03/14/2019 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 9|
|April 3, 2019||Hearing: 04/03/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:20 am; SC 15|
|March 27, 2019||Hearing: 03/27/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:20 am; SC 15|
|Feb. 13, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 20, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 27, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|March 27, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|April 3, 2019||Senate||Hearing|