TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FOR BLIND AND DISABLED PERSONS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE SERVICE.
Enacts new Article 4 to GS Chapter 168 entitled Accessible Electronic Information Act.
New GS 168-31 defines certain terms, including accessible electronic information service, blind or disabled persons, and qualified entity. Includes legislative findings.
New GS 168-32 requires the Division of Services for the Blind in the Department of Health and Human Services (Division) to establish, operate, promote, and administer a statewide accessible electronic information service. Requires the Director of the Division of Services for the Blind to enter into an agreement with a qualified entity to provide the accessible electronic information service for blind and disabled persons. Specifies that the Division must plan for continuation of the service from year to year and maximize use of federal and other funds available for this purpose.
Appropriates $75,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services for the 2011-12 fiscal year to be used by the Division to maintain the accessible electronic information service.
Effective July 1, 2011.
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