LD 382, “An Act To Fund Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons at the Maine State Library,” was signed by Governor Mills earlier this week

AUGUSTA – A bill introduced by Speaker Gideon, LD 382, “An Act To Fund Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons at the Maine State Library”, was signed into law on Monday by Governor Mills.

This bill is a small step in reaffirming our commitment to ensure information and civic participation are inclusive and equitable for everyone who wishes to access them,” said Speaker Sara Gideon.

Speaker Gideon introduced the bill after she was contacted by a Mainer whose visually impaired grandfather, a constituent of Gideon’s, sought access to more Maine news sources.

LD 382 establishes the Blind and Visually Impaired News Access Fund as a dedicated fund within the Maine State Library to be used to provide access to the National Federation of the Blind’s news network for blind and visually impaired persons. This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to transfer $40,000 per year from the state universal service fund to the Blind and Visually Impaired News Access Fund to support the annual cost of providing access to the network.

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