Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 9, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 04/09/2013

FROM WIRE REPORTS

— Snyder remains mum on RNC Facebook gaff

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder won’t say whether a Michigan member of the Republican National Committee should resign for posting an article critical of gay people on Facebook.

The Republican governor told reporters Monday that he’s “not going to get in the middle of all that.” Snyder added that discrimination of any kind is inappropriate and “it’s important we stand up for all people.”

Ex-state Rep. Dave Agema recently posted an excerpt from an article that includes the assertion that gays account for half the murders in large cities. Some Republicans say Agema should quit the Republican National Committee, which he’s refusing to do.

Sign language experts criticize new state rules

LANSING — Professional interpreters and recent graduates of sign language programs have criticized new rules taking effect in Michigan requiring more stringent education and testing requirements for sign language interpreters.

The 2007 law was prompted by miscommunication in legal and medical settings.

The experts said it is too focused on certain English language concepts not used in everyday interpreting with deaf people.