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Section 133. The following words and phrases, wherever used in sections one hundred and thirty-three A to one hundred and thirty-three F, inclusive, shall unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context have the following meanings:

(1) “Blind persons”, a person who, after examination by a physician or by an optometrist, whichever such person shall select, has been determined to have

(a) not more than 20/200 central visual acuity in the better eye with correcting lenses, or

(b) an equally disabling loss of the visual field as evidenced by a limitation to the field of vision in the better eye to such a degree that its widest diameter subtends an angle of no greater than 20 degrees.

(2) “Commission”, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

(3) “Commissioner”, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

(4) “Jurisdiction”, the control of the maintenance, operation and protection of public buildings and property of the commonwealth.

(5) “Public buildings or property”, any building, land, or other real property owned by any department or agency of the commonwealth, or any counties thereof, with the exception of any building, land, or other real property under the jurisdiction of any state university or state institution of higher learning.

(6) “Vending facility”, snack bars, cart service, shelters, counters, and such other appropriate auxiliary equipment which may be operated by blind licensees and which is necessary for the sale of newspapers, periodicals, confections, tobacco products, foods, beverages, and other articles or services dispensed automatically or manually and prepared on or off the premises in accordance with all applicable health laws, and including the vending or exchange of chances for any lottery authorized by law, and conducted by any agency of the commonwealth.

(7) “Vendor”, a blind person licensed by the commission for the blind to operate a vending facility under the terms of the Randolph-Shepard Act.

(8) “Randolph-Shepard Act”, the Randolph-Shepard Vending Stand Act (Pub. L. 74-732) as amended by Pub. L. 83-565 and Pub. L. 93-516, 20 U.S.C. Ch. 6A, Sec. 107.

(9) “Randolph-Shepard Vending Facilities Program”, the program for the operation of vending facilities by blind persons established by the Randolph-Shepard Act.

(10) “State licensing agency”, the state agency designated by the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration under the regulations implementing the Randolph-Shepard Act to issue licenses to blind persons for the operation of vending facilities on federal and other property.

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