Before I pass judgment on Gov. Butch Otter’s recent veto of the bill that would require a license to perform sign language interpreting services, I need answers to the following questions:
1. How many deaf people does Gov. Otter personally know and interact with?
2. How much does he know about deaf history and deaf culture?
3. What experience does he have with American Sign Language?
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4. What concerns caused him to veto this bill?
I am the mother of a wonderful adult daughter who was born profoundly deaf over 40 years ago. She is now a highly educated, professional adult, and I know from experience how desperately necessary highly trained, professional and licensed interpreters are to her life and to all of our deaf citizens. I thank the governor in advance for his response.
Barbara Mortela, Boise