Legislation to aid deaf, hard of hearing becomes law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill to help police and Kentuckians who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate more effectively is now law.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says her office is hosting a receiving ceremony Wednesday for Senate Bill 189.

Senate Bill 189 will allow deaf and hard of hearing persons to indicate voluntarily their status in the Kentucky vehicle registration system, allowing law enforcement officers to see the status during traffic stops.

“This new law will build trust and cooperation between more than 700,000 Kentuckians and our law enforcement,” said Grimes. “I am grateful to have played a part in championing this legislation and to work with its many advocates in this session.”

Grimes worked with the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Kentucky State Police, Protection and Advocacy, and other advocates to lobby for the bill before the General Assembly.

Robert D’Angelo, a deaf Kentuckian, spent many hours working in support of the measure. He and Grimes are working together on other policies to benefit deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians.

“Senate Bill 189 will change the landscape for many deaf and hard of hearing motorists in the Commonwealth,” said D’Angelo. “It will foster a better understanding of communication needs while protecting and facilitating a strong relationship with police enforcement officers. I was pleased to see our legislature reach a bi-partisan unanimous vote for Senate Bill 189’s passage. This would not be possible without Secretary Grimes and her staff, director of the Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virginia Moore, and Sens. Buford, Girdler, Turner, Neal, Smith.”

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