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File #: O-347-22    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Approved
File created: 7/8/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/16/2022 Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Amending the Toledo Municipal Code by enacting a new Chapter 556, Closed Captioning.
Sponsors: Theresa Gadus, Nick Komives, Sam Melden
Council Members Gadus, Komives and Melden

Amending the Toledo Municipal Code by enacting a new Chapter 556, Closed Captioning.

City Council has determined that hearing loss is a significant problem affecting many residents and visitors to the City of Toledo and that requiring activation of closed captioning on compatible television receivers while in use in places of public accommodation improves the health, safety, and welfare of the city by increasing available channels of communication to persons with hearing loss.

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Toledo:

SECTION 1. That a new Chapter 556, Closed Captioning, of the Toledo Municipal Code is enacted as follows:
556.01 Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings described in this section:
(a) Closed Captioning means a transcript or dialog of the audio portion of a television program that is displayed on a portion of a television receiver screen when the user activates the feature.

(b) Closed-Captioned Television Receiver means a receiver of television programming that has the ability to display Closed Captioning, including but not limited to a television, digital set top box, and other technology capable of displaying Closed Captioning for television programming.

(c) Place of Public Accommodation means a business, an educational institution, or a refreshment, entertainment, recreation, health, or transportation facility of any kind, whether licensed or not, whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations are extended, offered, sold, or otherwise made available to the public.

(d) Responsible Person means an owner, employee, manager, or agent with the authority to control a Closed-Captioned Television Receiver in a Place of Public Accommodation.

556.02 Activation of closed captioning.
(a) A Responsible Person must activate an...

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