Amend AB2257: Protect Communication Access

CONTACT AUTHOR ASSEMBLYMEMBER LORENA GONZALEZ NOW!

Access to sign language interpreting & realtime captioning is in grave danger! Help protect ADA rights!

Background & Latest Update

We are asking the author, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, for a 2-year grace period for sign language interpreters to become certified to prevent interruptions to communication access!

What is AB2257?

AB2257 is a clean-up bill to add professional exemptions to AB5. We want to add professional exemptions for language interpreters and realtime captioners so communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing community is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

AB2257 was formerly known as AB1850.

What is AB5?

AB5 was passed in 2019 and severely limits certain independent contractors from providing their services. It decreases the number of sign language interpreters and realtime captioners available.

What is the current status of AB2257?

On June 11, 2020, the California Assembly passed AB2257 but did not honor requests to include professional exemptions for sign language interpreters and realtime captioners

On August 5, 2020, the Senate Labor Committee voted to pass AB2257 with most of our requests included, thanks to the community!

On August 20, 2020, the California Senate Appropriations Committee passed AB2257 however the bill contains an immediate certification requirement for interpreters. Before the Senate votes on the bill, we are asking the author, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, to add a 2-year grace period for sign language interpreters to become certified to prevent interruptions to communication access! The need for a grace period for the certification language is critical to avoid a serious interruption of communication access services. Many areas of our state currently do not have RID-certified interpreters, and the lack of relief will seriously impact services to the community. A grace period will allow for providers in the area to become certified, avoiding both a lapse in qualified services and an artificial shortage.

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Write to Author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

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Honorable Lorena Gonzalez

Assemblymember, 80th District

State Capitol, Room 2114

Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 2257 – Realtime Captioners & Sign Language Interpreters: Request for Amendment

Dear Assemblymember Gonzalez:

On behalf of people using the services of Realtime Captioning or Sign Language Interpreting service providers, I am writing to express my opposition, unless amended, for Assembly (AB) 2257.

First of all, I would like to thank you for the progress made so far. I really appreciate your listening to our concerns and all of the accommodations that have been made for us.

However, there is one more detail that is important to our industries that I would like you to address.

Please amend AB 2257 to add a 2-year grace period to the certification requirement for interpreters.

The need for a grace period for the certification language is critical to avoid a serious interruption of communication access services. Many areas of our state currently do not have RID-certified interpreters, and the lack of relief will seriously impact services to the community. A grace period will allow for providers in the area to become certified, avoiding both a lapse in qualified services and an artificial shortage.

I support the ADA-mandated right for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to have equal communication access.

I will be in strong opposition to AB 2257 unless you accept my request to amend the bill as outlined. Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

 

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Email Letter to Author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

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“Amend AB2257 to Provide a 2-Year Grace Period to Certification Requirement for Interpreters”

Mail Letter to Author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

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Honorable Lorena Gonzalez

Assemblymember, 80th District
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Sacramento, CA 95814

Call Author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

You can call the following number to let Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez know your thoughts on AB2257. Their office is available from Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. Outside of those hours, it may be possible to leave a message.

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Hello, I am calling about AB2257.

I oppose this bill unless amended to add a 2-year grace period to the certification requirement for interpreters.

Thank you in advance for your support.

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