Movie theaters; open captioning to include drive-in theaters. (HB407)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Open captioning at movie theaters. Requires all movie theaters, including outdoor theaters such as drive-in theaters, that have four or more screens and are open to the general public to provide open captioning at least twice per week on any film that is regularly shown, provided that open captioning is available for such film. The bill requires such movie theaters to provide notice to the general public regarding the availability of open captioning and schedule at least one viewing during peak viewing time. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103277D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/21/2022Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/01/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (3-Y 2-N)
02/15/2022Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions