SB 1296

SB 1296: Government Communications; Emergency Response Interpreting

This bill requires state and local governments to:

Ensure that emergency communications with persons with disabilities are equal to those without disabilities

Establish a protocol to secure an emergency response interpreter for emergency communications

Provide auxiliary aids and services when needed to communicate effectively with persons with communication disabilities

First sponsor: Sen. Bowie; Others: Sen. Borrelli, Sen. Bradley, Sen. Brophy McGee, Sen. Cajero Bedford, Sen. Contreras, Sen. Dalessandro, Sen. Fann, Sen. Farley, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Mendez, Sen. Meza, Sen. Otondo, Sen. Peshlakai, Sen. Quezada, Sen. Worsley

ADC Position: Support

SB1296 makes accessibility of emergency communication a state obligation, mirroring the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

States and local governments are the first places that citizens look to for emergency communications. To ensure safety and survival, persons with disabilities need emergency communication to be accessible and in real time (i.e., the time that the general population receives the communication).