City staff in rulemaking on closed captioning ordinance

Sep 30, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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Officials of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights are currently determining how an ordinance will be enforced that requires televisions displayed in public places to be showing closed captioning. The City Council approved the regulation earlier this year.

Washington Retail’s Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle has communicated a letter of concern about the ordinance that calls for fines ranging from $125 to $300 for violations. The letter seeks clarifications regarding how many TVs in a showroom need to be showing closing captioning and whether there could be a grace period for fines.

You are encouraged to contact coalition Director John Engber with comments or question at 206-850-5517 or jengber@washingtonretail.org. The council approved the ordinance after it was requested by advocates for the deaf and hearing-impaired.