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H.R. 3691: TRANSLATE Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 10, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3691

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 10, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To require the TSA to develop a plan to ensure that TSA material disseminated in major airports can be better understood by more people accessing such airports, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the TSA Reaching Across Nationalities, Societies, and Languages to Advance Traveler Education Act or the TRANSLATE Act.

2.

Plan

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a plan to ensure that TSA material disseminated in major airports can be better understood by more people accessing such airports.

(b)

Contents

The plan required under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

An identification of the most common languages other than English that are the primary languages of individuals that travel through or work in each major airport.

(2)

A plan to improve—

(A)

TSA materials to communicate information in languages identified pursuant to paragraph (1); and

(B)

the communication of TSA material to individuals with vision or hearing impairments or other possible barriers to understanding such material.

(c)

Considerations

In developing the plan required under subsection (a), the Administrator of the TSA, acting through the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement of the TSA, shall take into consideration data regarding the following:

(1)

International enplanement.

(2)

Local populations surrounding major airports.

(d)

Implementation

Not later than 180 days after the submission of the plan required under subsection (a), the Administrator of the TSA shall implement such plan.

(e)

GAO review

Not later than one year after the implementation pursuant to subsection (d) of the plan required under subsection (a), the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a review of such implementation.

(f)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Airport

The term airport has the meaning given such term in section 40102 of title 49, United States Code.

(2)

Major airports

The term major airports means Category X and Category I airports.

(3)

TSA material

The term TSA material means signs, videos, audio messages, websites, press releases, social media postings, and other communications published and disseminated by the Administrator of the TSA in Category X and Category I airports.