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Colorado requires accessibility to state, local government websites

Colorado now requires that both state and local government agencies meet website accessibility standards.

HB-1110, signed by Gov. Jared Polis on June 30, calls for the state’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to develop web accessibility standards and hire a software developer to help state agencies implement them, according to a report in Colorado News Online.

The legislation requires state agencies to submit website accessibility plans to OIT by July 1, 2022, and implement them by July 1, 2024. Local agencies must also meet OIT’s standards by July of 2024.

Agencies that haven’t implemented the accessibility features and consequently exclude people with disabilities from receiving services or benefits could face penalties including a court order to fix the websites, monetary damages or a fine of $3,500.

State and local agencies are already required to meet accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but adding protections to state laws means discrimination lawsuits can be filed in state court instead of just federal court.

Advocates said they hoped the new law will get governments into compliance with the standards of the ADA, the news outlet said.

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