S.P. 722 - L.D. 1965
An Act to Appropriate Funds for the Interpreter Service for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, recent funding that provided interpretive services required by state law for those people who are deaf or hard of hearing and are dealing with state agencies or the judicial system has been depleted well before the end of each fiscal year; and
Whereas, to comply with the requirements of state law it is necessary to appropriate additional funds for the needed interpretive services; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. Appropriation. The following funds are appropriated from the General Fund to carry out the purposes of this Act.
LABOR, DEPARTMENT OF
All Other $36,400
Appropriates funds for hourly interpreting services, in-service training for certain law enforcement and court agencies, establishment of an emergency response system to access on-call legal interpreters and for administrative purposes. The Department of Labor is authorized to utilize other available resources to accomplish these purposes.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.
Effective April 15, 1998.
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