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AB-772 Legislative hearings: closed- and live-captioning.(2001-2002)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 16, 2001
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2001

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2001–2002 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 772


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Robert Pacheco
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Aroner, Bates, Briggs, Chan, Chavez, Cogdill, Diaz, Dickerson, Leach, Pescetti, Runner, Strom-Martin)
(Coauthor(s): Senator Karnette)

February 22, 2001


An act to add Section 9032 to the Government Code, relating to the Legislature.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 772, as amended, Robert Pacheco. Legislative hearings: closed- and live-captioning.
Existing law, with certain exceptions, requires that all meetings of the Senate and the Assembly, or of a committee of the Senate or Assembly, be open and public, and requires that all persons be permitted to attend those meetings.
This bill would enact the Legislative Captioning Act of 2001, which would provide that, upon appropriation of funds for purposes of the bill in the annual Budget Act, the rules committee of the respective house shall provide closed-captioned and live-captioned broadcasts of the floor sessions and committee meetings hearings of the Senate and Assembly. Under the bill, the Joint Rules Committee would provide closed-captioned and live-captioned broadcasts of a joint committee hearing.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Legislative Captioning Act of 2001.

SEC. 2.

 Section 9032 is added to the Government Code, to read:

9032.
 Upon appropriation of funds in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section, the rules committee of the respective house shall provide closed-captioned and live-captioned broadcasts of the floor sessions and committee meetings hearings of the Senate and Assembly. In the case of a joint committee meeting hearing, the Joint Rules Committee shall provide the closed-captioned and live-captioned broadcasts.