The LAPC has a policy goal to be an inclusive organization where people regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, income, religion, or ability to speak English have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to its planning processes and policy making.
The information below relates to our regulatory responsibilities. Information regarding our public engagement policies and practices are outlined in our Public Participation Plan (PPP), which underwent a minor update in 2019. To inform a future major update of our PPP, our Planning Work Program for 2021 includes developing an inclusive public outreach and education program and a social media plan. These activities will explicitly consider how the LAPC can operate equitably and inclusively.
Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
As a subrecipient of federal funds administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) is required to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation Title VI regulations (49 CFR Part 21) and to integrate into its programs and activities considerations expressed in the Department’s Policy Guidance Concerning Recipient’s Responsibilities to Limited English Proficient (“LEP”) Persons (70 FR 74087, December 14, 2005).
The LAPC's Title VI Non-Discrimination Program and Limited-English Proficiency Plan, approved on November 18, 2020, discusses the regulatory requirements for compliance and the process for identifying minority and limited-English proficient populations and provides vital documents in English, Hmong, and Spanish.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in areas of public life and private places open to the general public. It was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush signed on July 26, 1990. The ADA requires state and local governments be accessible to persons with disabilities in the delivery of their programs, services, activities, and employment practices.
Entities with 50 or more employees are required to have a designated ADA Coordinator to ensure compliance and investigate complaints. All entities regardless of size are required to publish a Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and to have a grievance procedure in place.