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23.01.075 Closed Caption Activation Requirement.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187454, effective December 18, 2015.)

A.  Definitions. As used in this Section 23.01.075, the following words and phrases shall be construed as defined in this Subsection:

1.  “Closed Captioning” means a transcript or dialog of the audio portion of a television program that is displayed on the bottom portion of a television receiver screen when the user activates the feature.

2.  “Closed Captioned Television Receiver” means a receiver of television programming that has the ability to display closed captioning, including but not limited to a television, digital set top box, and other technology capable of displaying closed captioning for television programming.

3.  “Public Area” means any part of a public facility that is open to the general public.

4.  “Public Facility” shall have the same meaning as place of public accommodation, as defined in ORS 659A.400 (2013).

5.  “Regular Hours” means the hours of any day in which a Public Facility is generally open to members of the general public.

B.  Any person owning or managing a public facility must activate closed captioning on any closed captioned television receiver in use in any public area during regular hours.

C.  A person owning or managing a public facility is not required to make a closed captioned television receiver available for viewing in a public area if:

1.  No receiver of television programming of any kind is available in a public area of the public facility; or,

2.  The only receiver of television programming available in a public area of the public facility is incapable of displaying close captioning.

D.  Civil Penalties.  A violation of this Section may result in the assessment of civil penalties, as provided below:

1.  If the City Attorney reasonably believes a violation has occurred, the City Attorney may issue a written determination addressing the following:

a.  A reference to this Section, describing the violations that have occurred or are occurring;

b.  The date and the time of the occurrence, and the street address or location of the public facility;

c.  A concise statement of the matters asserted or charged; and,

d.  A request that the addressee provide a written response to the City Attorney within 10 business days either disputing the occurrence of the violation or describing how the violation has been abated and how such violations will be prevented from reoccurring.

The determination may be personally delivered to the person, or may be served by Registered or Certified Mail.  For purposes of this Subsection, service by registered or certified mail is complete and effective when a correctly addressed notice is deposited with the postal service after being either certified or registered by the postal service.

2.  If the person fails to provide a written response, or the written response fails to reasonably satisfy the City Attorney regarding the identified violations, the City Attorney may file a complaint with the Code Hearings Officer, as provided under Section 22.03.020, for violations of this Section 23.01.075, asking the Code Hearings Officer to impose civil penalties not to exceed $500 for each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue as provided in this Section.  Having made a determination to ask that the Code Hearings Officer to impose civil penalties as provided by this Section, the City Attorney shall give the person written notice of the determination by causing notice to be served upon the person at their business or residence address.  Service of the notice shall be accomplished by mailing the notice by regular mail, or at the option of the City Attorney, by personal service in the same manner as a summons served in an action at law.  Mailing of the notice by regular mail shall be prima facie evidence of receipt of the notice.  Service of notice upon the person apparently in charge of a business during its hours of operation shall constitute prima facie evidence of notice to the business owner.

3.  In determining the amount of the civil penalty to be imposed for violations of the provisions of this Chapter, the Code Hearings Officer shall consider:

a.  The extent and nature of the person’s involvement in the violation;

b.  The harms, whether economic, financial or otherwise, which occurred or were suffered as a result of the violation;

c.  Whether the violations were isolated or temporary, or repeated or continuous;

d.  The magnitude and seriousness of the violation;

e.  The City’s costs of investigating the violations and correcting or attempting to correct the violation; and,  

f.  Any other applicable facts bearing on the nature and seriousness of the violation.