DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

28 CFR 36

CRT Docket No. 126; AG Order No. 3462-2014

RIN 1190–AA63

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations — Movie Theaters; Movie Captioning and Audio Description

AGENCY: Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

SUMMARY: On August 1, 2014, the Department of Justice published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register, 79 FR 44976, in order to propose amendments to its Americans with Disabilities Act title III regulation to require the provision of closed movie captioning and audio description to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies. The comment period is scheduled to close on September 30, 2014. The Department of Justice is extending the comment period until [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS FROM SEPTEMBER 30, 2014] in order to provide additional time for the public to prepare comments.

DATES: All comments must be received by [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS FROM SEPTEMBER 30, 2014].

ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments and other data identified by RIN 1190-AA63, by any one of the following methods:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zita Johnson-Betts, Deputy Section Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, at (202) 307-0663 (voice or TTY). This is not a toll-free number. Information may also be obtained from the Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).

You may obtain copies of this document in alternative formats by calling the ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (voice) and (800) 514-0383 (TTY). This notice is also available on the Department's Web site at http://www.ada.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Extension of Comment Period

The Department of Justice published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on August 1, 2014, proposing amendments to its Americans with Disabilities Act title III regulation to require the provision of closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies. The NPRM asked 21 multi-part questions, seeking public comment on a wide range of issues related to the proposed requirements, as well as the Department's analysis of the costs and benefits of the proposed rule. Following publication of the NPRM, the Department received a request to extend the deadline for public comment by an additional 60 days, citing the number and complexity of the data requests on a broad range of topics and the resulting need for additional time in order to provide an informed response to the Department's questions. The Department has decided to grant an extension of the comment period until [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS FROM SEPTEMBER 30, 2014]. The Department believes this extension provides ample time to allow interested parties to provide comments on this proposed rule. Comments on the NPRM may be provided by [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS FROM SEPTEMBER 30, 2014] online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOJ-CRT-2014-0004 or by mail at P.O. Box 2885, Fairfax, VA 22031-0885.

September 2, 2014
Date
/s/ Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General

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