S. 556: Air Carrier Access Amendments Act

Introduced:
Mar 13, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
2% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Thomas “Tom” Harkin
Junior Senator from Iowa
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Mar 13, 2013
Length
8 pages
 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 13, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Mar 13, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 13, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

8% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to improve the accessibility of entertainment programming provided by air carriers on passenger flights, and for other purposes.

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Cosponsors
none
Committees

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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3/13/2013--Introduced.
Air Carrier Access Amendments Act - Requires domestic and foreign air carriers to ensure that all visually displayed entertainment programming available to flight passengers is accessible to individuals with disabilities, including by making available open captioning (openly displaying text on a shared video monitor), closed captioning (displaying text through an individual video monitor), and video description (audio-narrated descriptions through individual or shared monitors) for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired, as the case may be.
Requires in addition that all individual video displays to flight passengers of entertainment programming or information that are operated primarily by use of touchscreens or other contact-sensitive controls include a mechanism allowing individuals with disabilities to operate such displays independently in accordance with standards the Access Board shall establish.
Makes certain penalties under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 available to persons aggrieved by an air carrier's failure to comply with this Act.

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