Legislation Efforts

The Tennessee Counsel of the Blind monitors political issues and works to promote legislation that will benefit the blind and visually impaired.

Tennessee Counsel of the Blind sends a delegation to the annual national legislative seminar in Washington D.C. to learn what issues relevant to the blind and visually impaired are currently under consideration. The delegation also meets with national legislators from Tennessee. In addition, the Council works at both state and local levels to bring grass roots concerns to national attention.

The general process for making a bill into a law is described in the Constitution. As with many things, however, the Constitution leaves most of the details to the people of the day, dictating just the overall picture. The following link will give a you an simplified explanation of the legislative process.

Long before the FCC ruling on the introduction of audio description in the nation’s top twenty-five television markets, Tennessee Counsel of the Blind fought for the passage of a bill appropriating funds for statewide audio description service on public television. It also helped promote the current descriptive video service plan.