U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Undermine a Provision of the ADA

February 16, 2018

Yesterday, the Untied States House of Representatives voted on H.R.620 - The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. In a 225-192 vote Thursday, most Republicans and about a dozen Democrats voted to make it harder for persons with disabilities to sue for discrimination regarding equal access to public accommodations at stores, restaurants, and other businesses.


Forty-three senators responded by signing a letter written by Senator Tammy Duckworth, vowing to block the legislation.


If passed into law, the measure would require individuals with disabilities who experience accessibility barriers at public businesses, such as the lack of a ramp to enter a public building, to submit a written notice to the business regarding the problem. The business would have up to 60 days to respond and another 60 days to make improvements so as to comply with the ADA.



The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush back in 1990. 


More to be written soon.



Martha Millar

A California special education attorney 






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