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(a) As described in this section, the commissioner of human services must enter into grant
agreements with television stations to make live local news programming accessible to deaf,
hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind persons as defined in section 256C.23.
(b) The grant agreements must provide for:
(1) real-time captioning services for broadcasting that is not emergency broadcasting subject
to Code of Federal Regulations, title 47, section 79.2;
(2) real-time captioning services for commercial broadcasters in areas of Minnesota where
commercial broadcasters are not subject to the live programming closed-captioning requirements
of Code of Federal Regulations, title 47, section 71.1(e)(3); and
(3) real-time captioning for large-market noncommercial broadcasters who produce live
news programming.
(c) For the purposes of this section, "real-time captioning" means a method of captioning
in which captions are simultaneously prepared and transmitted at the time of origination by
specially trained real-time captioners.
History: 2005 c 81 s 5

NOTE: This section, as added by Laws 2005, chapter 81, section 5, expires June 30, 2010.
Laws 2005, chapter 81, section 7.

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