Hawaii Gov. Ige signs movie theater open captioning bill into law

[Transcript] Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) signed the movie theater open captioning bill into law.

The Aloha State Association of the Deaf announced this on Facebook.

The bill, HB 1009, requires movie theaters with at least two locations in the state to provide open captioning twice a week per movie.

This bill is stronger than previous versions because it doesn’t allow movie theaters to provide eyewear devices in lieu of open captioning. They are required to provide open captioning.

The bill is also permanent — previous versions had a sunset date that required it to be renewed again and again.

Gov. Ige’s office filmed the signing ceremony. He recognized State Rep. Tokioka, who has a deaf son, as being a champion of the bill.


Interpreter for Gov. Ige: The first, HB 1009. This has to do with movie theaters and will require at least two open captioning showings every week for every movie.

HB 1009 is now law in Hawaii!


Congratulations to Hawaii and to the Deaf community.


Gov. Ige Signing Ceremony: http://bit.ly/2LlXcws

HB 1009 Text: https://legiscan.com/.../Hawaii-2019-HB1009-Amended.html


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