Friday, August 25, 2017 08:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), which will add free translation software to the General Assembly website, was signed into law today.
‘This measure will bring Illinois into the 21st century and allow all residents to engage in the democratic process regardless of preferred language,’ Aquino said. ‘The intent of this bill is to expand access to information at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers. With online translation software, it is possible to translate a website into several languages for free.’
The measure requires the state to embed free translation technology into the General Assembly’s website, ilga.gov. The website gives people access to information about the Illinois House and Senate, actions taken in committees, legislative measures and other data. Using the app, visitors to the website will be able to translate much of this information into dozens of languages.
The legislation, Senate Bill 1869, was recently signed into law by Gov. Rauner. The apps will be operational within a year of the bill’s signing.