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Bill Detail: HB24-1368

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Title Language Access Advisory Board
Status Sent to the Governor (05/21/2024)
Bill Subjects
House Sponsors M. Lindsay (D)
E. Velasco (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/11/2024
Summary

The bill creates the language access advisory board (advisory
board). The advisory board consists of 13 members, including 11 voting
and 2 nonvoting members. Each voting member of the advisory board is
appointed, as specified in the bill, by either the majority leader or
minority leader of either the house of representatives or the senate, and
the voting members are:
  • 3 members of the house of representatives;
  • 2 members of the senate;
  • One member representing the Colorado Language Access
Coalition;
  • One member representing a local government that has
implemented a language access plan or has a language
access advisory entity;
  • One member representing persons with disabilities;
  • One member who works in translation or interpretation
services;
  • One member with experience in language access in rural
communities; and
  • One member with expertise in language access relating to
elections.
The nonvoting members of the advisory board are:
  • The director of research of the legislative council or the
director's designee; and
  • The director of the office of legislative legal services or the
director's designee.
The purpose of the advisory board is to assess and develop
recommendations for improving meaningful access to the legislative
process for populations with limited English proficiency. In performing
this assessment, the advisory board must solicit public comment and input
from subject matter experts. The advisory board must:
  • Identify current language-related barriers to the legislative
process for state residents with limited English proficiency;
  • Examine the success of current language access measures
relating to the legislative process;
  • Consider the development of a language access plan
covering the general assembly and the legislative process;
  • Evaluate options for oral interpretation and written
translation of legislative activities, including:
  • The interpretation of committee hearings, public
testimony, and floor proceedings;
  • The translation of written publications of the
general assembly, including legislative documents
and materials, and the general assembly website;
  • Whether interpretation should be simultaneous or
consecutive;
  • Whether translation and interpretation services
should be provided by legislative staff or a third
party; and
  • Necessary qualifications or other requirements for
individuals providing translation or interpretation
services; and
  • Assess language access concerning the ballot information
booklet, including:
  • Solutions to make the ballot information booklet
more accessible to state residents with limited
English proficiency;
  • Methods for determining the languages into which
the ballot information booklet is translated;
  • Methods of distribution to best serve communities
of state residents with limited English proficiency;
  • Monetary and publication-related constraints; and
  • The impact of federal and state constitutional
requirements.
In addition, the advisory board must:
  • Be appointed on or before June 15, 2024;
  • Hold its first meeting on or before July 31, 2024; and
  • Submit the report of its findings and recommendations to
the executive committee of the legislative council on or
before December 15, 2024.
The advisory board is repealed on January 1, 2025.

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