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Providing public notices of public health, safety, and welfare in a language other than English (Hasegawa, Chase)

Requires state agencies, required by law or rule to provide public notices to a community or area to advise or inform the public about an imminent or emergent public health, safety, or welfare risk, to also provide notices in the language that diverse residents can understand when a significant segment of the community speaks a language other than English and has limited proficiency in English.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
-Changes the requirement from providing notices in a language diverse residents can understand to providing notices in a manner which has been determined to be most
effective in communicating with significant segments of the community who speak a language other than English. This applies to state agencies and political subdivisions.
-Replaces language referencing emergency management departments with political subdivisions or emergency management contractors.
-Removes the requirement that emergency management departments air public service announcements by TV or radio.
-Requires political subdivisions, rather than emergency management organizations, to maintain or have access to updated demographic information, and to grant access to
that information to those authorized to issue emergency notices on their behalf.
-Changes the definition of significant segment from 500 residents to 1,000 residents. Modifies the intent section.

Hearing Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5046&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)