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S.F. No. 1136 - Accessibility Signs Modification Requirements: Traffic Signs, Restroom Signs, and Digital Media (First Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator John A. Hoffman
 
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
 
Date: March 23, 2015



 

Section 1 applies to state-owned or entirely state-leased facilities, or facilities that are owned or wholly leased by owners receiving state grants or subsidies.  The section amends the statutory building code to provide that these facilities must display on an accessible public women’s or unisex restroom, a modified version of the international wheelchair symbol of accessibility to depict a woman wearing a dress.  If the women’s restroom sign shows a woman wearing a dress, the woman in the accessibility sign must be shown wearing a similar dress.  A noncomplying entity will not receive state aid during the period of noncompliance.  This section is effective October 1, 2015.

Section 2 provides that signs for accessible parking must not display any form of the word “handicap,” “disabled,” or “disability.”  An owner of a parking facility that is owned or wholly leased by the state or a private entity that receives monetary aid from the state must be in compliance and display a form of the word “accessible” or the international wheelchair symbol of accessibility by January 15, 2016.  The Commissioner of Transportation shall establish and administer a grant program for sign owners who meet identified criteria to help fund sign change costs.  A noncomplying entity will not receive state aid during the period of noncompliance. This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Section 3 directs the chief information accessibility officer to require state entities and private entities that receive monetary subsidies from the state, to remove any form of the words “handicap,” “disabled,” or “disability” from newly printed or digital media that direct the public to accessible restrooms and parking.  A form of the word “accessible’ must be substituted.  A noncomplying entity will not receive state aid during the period of noncompliance.  This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Section 4 appropriates unspecified amounts in each year of the biennium from the general fund to the Commissioner of Transportation to fund the grants under section 2.

 
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