S.555: CINEMA Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about civil rights and liberties, minority issues
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Sponsor Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced March 13, 2013
Latest Major Action May 14, 2013
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Bill Summary

Captioning and Image Narration to Enhance Movie Accessibility Act or the CINEMA Act - Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to declare it a discriminatory practice for any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates certain movie complexes to fail to ensure that the motion pictures are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including by making open captioning (openly displaying text on the movie screen), closed captioning (displaying text through an individual device), and video description (narrated descriptions) available for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or have other disabilities.

Applies this Act to entities operating a complex of at least two movie theaters, screening rooms, or similar venues, at a single location, that are used for the exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, if such exhibition is open to the public.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 14, 2013 Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Hearings held.
March 13, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (text of measure as introduced: CR S1792)