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AB-2749 State agencies: state entities: Internet Web site accessibility: standards. (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2749


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonta

February 16, 2018


An act to amend Section 11546.7 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2749, as amended, Bonta. State agencies: state entities: Internet Web site accessibility: standards.
Existing law requires the heads of state agencies and entities to appoint chief information officers, requires state agencies and entities to report certain information to the Department of Technology, and further requires state agencies to take all necessary steps to achieve the targets set forth by the department in its information technology performance management framework and report their progress to the department on a quarterly basis. Existing law, before July 1, 2019, and before July 1 biennially thereafter, requires the director of each state agency or state entity and the chief information officer of that state agency or state entity to post on the home page homepage of the state agency’s or state entity’s Internet Web site a signed certification that the state agency’s or state entity’s Internet Web site is in compliance with specified accessibility standards.
This bill would additionally require the director of each state agency or state entity and each chief information officer to certify that the Internet Web site is mobile friendly. mobile-friendly. The bill would also prohibit an Internet Web site maintained by a state agency that is intended for use by the public from becoming operational unless it is mobile friendly mobile-friendly, as defined, and accessible by persons with disabilities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11546.7 of the Government Code is amended to read:

11546.7.
 (a) Before July 1, 2019, and before July 1 biennially thereafter, the director of each state agency or state entity, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 11546.1, and each chief information officer appointed under Section 11546.1, shall post on the home page homepage of the state agency’s or state entity’s Internet Web site a signed certification from the state agency’s or state entity’s director and chief information officer that they have determined that the Internet Web site is in compliance with Sections 7405 and 11135, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, or a subsequent version, published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium at a minimum Level AA success criteria, and is mobile friendly. mobile-friendly.
(b) The Director of Technology shall create a standard form that each state agency’s or state entity’s chief information officer shall use to determine whether the state agency’s or state entity’s Internet Web site is in compliance with the accessibility standards specified in subdivision (a).
(c) An Internet Web site maintained by a state agency or state entity that is intended for use by the public shall only become operational if it is mobile friendly mobile-friendly and accessible by persons with disabilities.
(d) For purposes of this section, “mobile-friendly” means having substantially similar accessibility and functionality features across devices.