Monthly News Archives: March 2015


Upcoming events in Oregon

Training, networking, connecting… Because at training events, we make friends and connect. There is so much coming up!

The October season is filling up, and it’s March! Mark your calendars for your favorite events. NOTIS, OSTI and others are planning their conferences. After all, it is International Translators Day on September 30, so we always celebrate with… conferences!

Simultaneous interpreting training. This isn’t just for court interpreters. There are business conferences, medical conferences…

Indigenous language interpreting – relay training. I would expect this training to be useful for non-court settings as well! And we need the help and support here. Spread the word, so we can help the entire community.

IMIA (International Medical Interpreting Association) in the DC area in April, NAJIT (National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators) in Atlanta in May, ATA (American Translators Association) in Miami in November… opportunities to travel with friends!

At OSTI we try to connect translators, court interpreters, medical interpreters, spoken language and sign language. All events have a place on the calendar! Growing as a profession involves connecting at the local level, the national level, between different branches, learning from unexpected groups. Browse the calendar and see what might be of interest. And if you want to host something, or know of something interesting, just send the information to OSTI will follow up with you.


Update on legislative process – Healthcare Interpreter bill goes to Senate

February 25, 2015: The bill, as amended, carried the floor unanimously in the House. See this link for the history of the Bill.
February 26: First reading in the Senate, referred to the President’s Desk, awaiting referral to Committee. See this link for information.

It is expected to be sent to the Senate Committee on Healthcare. You can follow that Committee at this link. Reviewing the list of their assigned measures, especially the items marked PUB (Public hearings) will help those interested in following the process closely.

All Bills go through the following steps:

First Reading: February 26, 2015. Referred to the President’s Desk, awaiting referral.
Assignment to a committee:
Public hearing
Work Session (often the same day as the public hearing – the public can only make comments during the public hearing portion of the session)
Second Reading
Third Reading

If there are any modifications in the Senate process, there is a reconciliation, and it goes back to the same process in the House.

Public Hearings are not announced with a lot of anticipation. We will let you know as soon as we are aware of the details.