How did California’s free TTY distribution bill became law?
The California legislation was ready to close for the year
in the early eighties. There was a flurry of last minute
bills. One such bill was about 150 pages long, and this
free TTY proposal was sneaked into this unrelated bill.
The legislators, in a hurry to wind things up, passed
without realizing this free TTY distribution. Legislators
screamed about it, worrying on who pays for these
free TTYs. This was the reason for the surcharge on
all telephone bills in the state.