RS27258 / H0314
The purpose of this legislation is to revise certain archaic terms throughout Idaho Code. This bill would remove
"hearing-impaired", "hearing-impairment" from circulation and replace them with neutral, modern, and correct
terminology: "deaf or hard of hearing" or "hearing loss". Deaf and hard of hearing is an appropriate euphemism
for hearing-impaired. Terminology is important, as it could reflect society's attitude toward the group.
Additionally, this legislation cleans up archaic terms found in title 67, chapter 73 Idaho code: Idaho State
Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Act. Various outdated references are updated, revising the outdated
names of state agencies, and removing the name of a defunct society. A license requirement for interpreter
member of the board is added to reflect the current sign language interpreter licensure law.
There are no cost implications for state and local governments. This legislation simply updates references and
adds modern terminology.
Steven Snow
Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(208) 473-2122
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 01/13/2020, 8:49 AM

Statutes affected:
Bill Text: 33-1001, 33-2001, 33-3402, 54-2903, 61-1301, 61-1302, 67-7301, 67-7302, 67-7303, 67-7304, 67-7307, 67-7308