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Published on Friday, February 17, 2017

Competing bills on emergency notices in multiple languages move forward

There are bills in the House and Senate that require local governments to provide emergency notices to significant segments of non-English speaking populations. AWC is interested in receiving your input on how these bills could impact your city.

HB 1540 requires that, during an emergency, local governments must provide notices and information in languages understood by a significant segment of an affected area. A significant segment is defined as five percent or more of the residents of a city, town, or county.

SB 5046 requires that, during an emergency, local governments must share information in a manner determined to be most effective for communicating with significant segments of the community who speak a language other than English. Significant segment is defined as five percent or more of residents, or one thousand residents, whichever is fewer.

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