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Interpreter Services at the Capitol

Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Legislature will make available a sign language interpreter for persons with hearing loss upon receipt of timely requests for floor debate, committee meetings, scheduled public events, and meetings with members of the Legislature and staff.

Persons requesting service should contact the following in writing:

  1. State the specific time
  2. Amount of time required
  3. Date on which such services are requested

If the request is for a conference with a member or legislative staff, the requestor must have a confirmed appointment at the time of the request and must state with whom, when and where the conference will take place. The request must be made at least one full business day before the time services are needed.

For example, a request for services on a Monday must be made by 5 p.m.the preceding Thursday; requests for services on a Friday must be made by 5 p.m. on the preceding Wednesday.

Due to the shortage of qualified sign interpreters and their sometimes-limited availability, requests made with less lead-time and without the required information may result in the Legislature's inability to provide an interpreter.

Florida House of Representatives
Earnest W. Sumner
Sergeant at Arms
Florida House of Representatives
Room 512, The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Telephone: (850) 488-8224
FAX: (850) 414-6880

Florida Senate
Sergeant at Arms Office
Room 403, The Capitol
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Telephone: (850) 487-5224
FAX: (850) 487-5249

Office of Legislative Services
Delorise Rush Room 701, Claude Pepper Building
111 West Madison Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400
Telephone: (850) 488-6803
FAX: (850) 413-7984