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  • Won passage of requirements for good acoustics and hearing loops in state-funded construction.
  • Partnered with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and with the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division to bring Text-to-911 to Minnesota as a statewide service. While calling is strongly encouraged, individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or speech impaired may use Text-to-911 as a first contact option. Call if you can, text if you can't. 


  • Won passage of a requirement for closed captioning to be activated in hospital waiting rooms and surgical centers.


  • Initiated a closed captioning campaign to convince restaurants, bars and other businesses with TVs for the public to pledge to keep the closed captioning activated at all times.


  • Won passage of the elimination of the requirement for service animal owners to carry papers proving their dogs graduated from a recognized training program. 


  • Won passage of the captioning bill, which gives $600,000 per year for real-time captioning for live news programming in Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, Alexandria, and TPT's Almanac.
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