City of Albuquerque
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File #: O-19-86   
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 11/4/2019 In control: City Council
Final action: 11/18/2019
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Amending Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of Albuquerque To Add A New Section Requiring Persons Owning Or Managing A Place Of Public Accommodations To Activate Closed Captioning On Television Receivers (Borrego, Pe?a)
Attachments: 1. O-86
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY THIRD COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. O-19-86 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Cynthia D. Borrego and Klarissa J. Pe?a


ORDINANCE
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Amending Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of Albuquerque To Add A New Section Requiring Persons Owning Or Managing A Place Of Public Accommodations To Activate Closed Captioning On Television Receivers (Borrego, Pe?a)
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WHEREAS, The Committee for Communication Access supports requiring the activation of closed captioning, where available, on television receivers used in places of public accommodation in order to:
a. Promote equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities;
b. Strive to enable full participation in all aspects of community life for persons with disabilities;
c. Provide disability-related technical assistance, information, referral and advocacy to the community; and
WHEREAS, Hearing loss is a significant problem in the United States. Approximately one in five Americans have some type of hearing loss in one or both ears that affect their ability to communicate and receive information; and
WHEREAS, Television receivers are increasingly used in facilities open to the general public, including hospital waiting rooms, bars and restaurants, health clubs, bus stations, airport lounges, and appliance stores. These and other public facilities represent the kinds of locations outside the home where the general public has access to television programming; and
WHEREAS, Television receivers in these locations enable members of the general public to obtain the latest news reports in an emergency, watch local sports teams, or simply pass the time while waiting for an appointment or service to be completed. People with hearing disabilities should not be excluded from being able to meaningfully participate in these activities while in public areas, and
WHEREAS, The activation of closed captioning will provide an inclusion of those me...

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