SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — A bill has recently been introduced in the state legislature of New Mexico that would require captions be turned on at all times during business hours on what are considered public TVs while the devices are in operation. This would include television sets in bars, restaurants, waiting rooms, gyms and other locations where the TVs are provided to offer news or entertainment to the public.
The bill, HB288, was drafted by Rep. Cynthia Borrego (D- Albuquerque) at the request of John Hooper, the president of the Santa Fe chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The bill mirrors provisions of city ordinances passed in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in recent years under the sponsorship of the Committee for Communication Access in New Mexico.
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