Montana Code Annotated 2015

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     18-5-605. Implementation. (1) For the purposes of ensuring the effective phasing in of nonvisual access technology procurement, the head of any state agency may not approve exclusion of the technology access clause required by 18-5-604 from any contract with respect to the compatibility of standard operating systems and software with nonvisual access software and peripheral devices or with respect to the initial design, development, and installation of information systems, including the design and procurement of interactive equipment and software.
     (2) This section does not require the installation of software or peripheral devices used for nonvisual access when the information technology is being used by individuals who are not blind or visually impaired.
     (3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), the applications programs and underlying operating systems, including the format of the data, used for the manipulation and presentation of information must permit the installation and effective use of nonvisual access software and peripheral devices.
     (4) Compliance with this part with regard to information technology purchased prior to July 1, 2001, must be achieved at the time of procurement of an upgrade or replacement of existing equipment or software.
     (5) A state agency may be exempted from the provisions of this part if the state agency makes a good faith determination that compliance would result in an undue burden.

     History: En. Sec. 5, Ch. 429, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 40, Ch. 2, L. 2009.

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