Greenstein Bill to Improve Accessibility of State Websites Advances
Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein that would require State agencies’ websites to be accessible to individuals with disabilities, was approved by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.
“Websites of State agencies provide the public with important information on a variety of matters. Whether it be news on the latest laws and legislation, or information on what is happening in or around your community, these websites are vital tools that keep the public up-to-date and informed,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “Individuals with disabilities have a right to access and utilize these important outlets of information and this legislation aims to afford them with this ability.”
The bill, S-3334, would require that the websites adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA, or the most up-to-date version of the guidelines, affording individuals with disabilities the ability to navigate, view, and access these websites on smartphones, tablets or similar mobile devices.
The bill would apply to the Executive and Legislative Branch of the state, including, but not limited to, any department, board, bureau, commission, division, office, council, agency, independent agency, public authority, or public benefit corporation.
The Chief Technology Officer would be required to establish the protocol by which a State agency can determine that its websites comply with the requirements.
The bill was released by committee with a vote of 5-0.
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