Closed Captioning Ordinance Feedback
Ann Arbor City Council approved the first reading of a Closed Captioning Ordinance and has requested feedback from the public about the ordinance. The Closed Captioning Ordinance for the City of Ann Arbor will require closed captioning, where available, to be activated on all televisions used in places of public accommodation. Additionally, this ordinance will help all consumers access information broadcast on televisions, particularly individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and/or those who are having difficulty hearing the aural content on televisions in noisy environments. This ordinance does not require the purchase of new equipment. In addition, if a local merchant is found in violation of the ordinance, there would be a civil penalty of $50 to $500.
This ordinance is designed primarily for awareness and educational purposes. For example, in Portland, during the first year where a similar ordinance was in place, only one official complaint was registered. This was resolved with a letter and no penalties. Also, if an Ann Arbor restaurant employee is asked to turn on the closed captioning and he or she does so without issue, then no fine would be levied.
This online feedback opportunity has been prepared to share the latest version of the Closed Captioning Ordinance and to give the public a chance to voice their concerns or suggestions that may need to be considered prior to implementation. View the ordinance and related materials online.
Please note that in order for your feedback responses to be included in final survey results, you must sign in to A2 Open City Hall. If you do not register and sign in, then your comments won't be captured.
The feedback opportunity will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please proceed to the survey questions by clicking on the blue “take the survey" icon below. This topic will close on Friday, Dec. 16 at noon. Thank you again for your valuable input!