RE: The Randolph-Sheppard Act in Arizona
WHEREAS, the Randolph-Sheppard Act passed by the United States Congress and the Randolph-Sheppard Act passed by the Arizona Legislature delegate administrative implementation to the Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration; and
WHEREAS, the Arizona Department of Corrections has refused to allow blind Business Enterprise operators to operate vending facilities in its institutions, thus breaking the law by failing to give blind Business Enterprise operators the first right of refusal; and
WHEREAS, the Attorney General's office is failing to take legal steps to ensure the enforcement of the state and federal Randolph-Sheppard Acts; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in convention assembled this 8th day of September, 2007, in the City of Tempe, Arizona, that this organization take a leadership role in attempting to negotiate a resolution to this grievous lack of proper enforcement of the rights of blind persons; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization pursue legal action, if negotiation proves fruitless, to obtain the legal right of blind Business Enterprise operators to have "the first right of refusal: within Arizona Department of Corrections institutions to operate vending facilities and gain the profits from such revenues.