WHEREAS, NFB-NEWSLINE® is an automated nationwide telephone service that enables blind people to read any of more than 50 daily newspapers, any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and
WHEREAS, thanks to a special appropriation from Congress, NFB-NEWSLINE® will be available until March 1, 2003 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through a single nationwide toll-free telephone number; and
WHEREAS, after March 1, 2003, NFB-NEWSLINE® will only continue operating in those localities where local sponsors can be found; and
WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning has graciously agreed to sponsor NFB-NEWSLINE® in Minnesota, thereby insuring the continuation of this valuable service; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota in convention assembled this second day of November, 2002 in the city of Rochester that this organization commend and loudly applaud the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning for agreeing to sponsor NFB-NEWSLINE® in Minnesota; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization work closely with the Department to promote and expand this valuable service throughout the state.