- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature has begun offering technology that makes it easier for people with hearing loss to engage the legislative process.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2j8cGmy ) that the state Capitol building now offers looping technology that broadcasts amplified sound to the hearing aids and cochlear implant. Individuals can access it by pushing a button on their device.

State Rep. Lela Alston, a Democrat from Phoenix, wears hearing aids but says she has struggled to follow bill debates because she wasn’t sure what people were saying. She began to cry after hearing a broadcast through the new system.

Alston says the technology will also allow more members of the public participate in such cases.

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