ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque businesses will now face a fine if they don’t turn on their closed captioning.
City councilors approved the new ordinance Monday night. It makes the owner of any TV that’s open to public viewing turn on their closed captioning. If not, they could face a $500 fine.
Some businesses say it seems unnecessary.
“My initial response is, there’s probably more important things they can be doing, but I’ve been here for 20 years and I’ve never had anyone ask me to turn off or turn on the closed captioning,” said Carraro’s Pizza Co-Owner Scott Bagley.
If a restaurant or establishment showing the same broadcast on multiple TVs, only one of them is required to have closed captioning.