Rhode Island bills aim to help deaf at theaters, drive-thrus
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would address everything from how the deaf and hard-of-hearing order at restaurants to how they watch movies.
The Providence Journal reports that state Rep. Arthur Handy has sponsored a bill requiring theaters to provide open captioning during at least two showings a week of each film.
Lobbyist Terrance Martiesian, representing the Theater Owners of New England, says the vast majority of people don’t want to see subtitles during films. He says forcing theaters to do so could cause them to lose revenue.
Another bill sponsored by state Rep. Robert Nardolillo would require restaurants to install equipment to help hearing-impaired customers at drive-thru ordering stations.