The 2020 Maryland legislative session ended almost three weeks early due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be highlighting a few notable pieces of legislation in the coming weeks. Today, we highlight a program transferring to MDOD, the Telecommunications Access Maryland Program. For more information about TAM/Maryland Relay, check out the TAM website.
This bill transfers the Telecommunications Access Maryland (TAM) program from the Department of Information Technology to MDOD. The TAM program serves Marylanders who have difficulty using a standard telephone such as Deaf, Hard of Hearing Deaf-Blind, and/or have a speech disability.
The bill establishes qualifications for the TAM Director, specifically requiring the Director shall be Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, or have a speech disability and the TAM Director must have expertise in telecommunications services.
SB851/HB1003 - Human Services - Department of Disabilities - Accessibility Programs will go into effect July 1st, 2020.