SB 0439 Req. Videos be Open or Closed-Captioned for Hearing Impaired
Committee:COMMLR Number:L1419.01I
Last Action:03/07/95 - Hearing Conducted S Commerce & Environment Committee
Effective Date:January 1, 1996
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Current Bill Summary

SB 439 - This act states that on or after July 1, 1996 videos may not be sold or distributed in Missouri unless they are either open or closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

Section 1 provides relevant definitions.

Sections 2 and 3 describe the videos that are being regulated by this act.

Section 4 provides for a phasing in of this law over one and one-half years beginning on January 1, 1996.

Section 6 provides for civil penalties of $5 per video, not to exceed $25,000 for the first violation and $100,000 for each subsequent violation. Section 6 also authorizes the Attorney General, prosecuting attorney, circuit attorney, or city attorney to bring an action to collect the penalties.

Section 7 details the injunctive relief that is available to plaintiffs, while Section 8 states that a defendant who has violated this act may be required to pay court costs and attorneys' fees. RONALD J. LEONE