Monday, November 05, 2007


Governor issues Superferry conditions, violates federal law

by Larry Geller

Aha, got her. You'll be disappointed though, but it makes me feel good.

The Governor has released an executive order containing the conditions for the operation of the Superferry. Her website also posts a copy of a letter to Senate President Hanabusa. You can see all this here.

I still need to read all of it, but wanted to share the link with you. You can study these documents and see what you think.

That is, if you can see... if you're blind, you'll find that the documents are scanned images. A screen reader won't be able to process them for you. This is the way the Governor has consistently released messages to the Legislature since she came into office. In doing so, that is, by posting inaccessible messages on a state website, she has repeatedly violated federal Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that calls for state government websites to be accessible to people with disabilities.

I can tell you're disappointed. You were wondering if I was going to say she was out there killing whales or something. Actually, her executive order starts protecting whales only from January 1. Until then, all the whales out there are on their own (Judge Cardoza, please take note).

But hey, they didn't get "Scooter" Libby for  outing Valerie Plame, they got him for lying. Sometimes its the small stuff that puts people away.

So sorry, it's not anything big (unless you're sight impaired or a disability advocate). Our Governor just doesn't care.

Why do I even mention this? Because there has never been a better time. If I wrote this three months ago you wouldn't be here reading it. Maybe some of you will call the Governor at 808-586-0034 and find out why she hates people with disabilities. Oh, find out why she hates whales also.



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