The Randolph-Sheppard Act, enacted in 1936, is a federal law that gives vendors who are legally blind priority over other vendors to operate concession services or “vending facilities” on most federal property. Nearly every state has adopted a similar law; these state laws are often referred to as mini-Randolph-Sheppard Acts. The Randolph-Sheppard Act and its state law counterparts make vendors who are legally blind powerful agents with respect to vending and other concession services on a wide variety of government property. The Public Health Law Center conducted a 50-state review of mini-Randolph-Sheppard Acts. This project was funded by the American Heart Association.

The scope of this review was state statutes and regulations. Relevant case law interpreting these provisions may exist, but it was not included. The review was completed March 2014. To confirm that this information is up to date, contact Julie Ralston Aoki at