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H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

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The "Relief from ADA Compliance" Act

Yesterday the House considered H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. This legislation amends the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), making it more difficult for persons with disabilities to take legal action against owners of public facilities who do not make their properties accessible. H.R. 620 imposes overly burdensome requirements before someone can seek a legal remedy which will delay resolution of discrimination claims. The legislation also weakens the incentive for businesses to comply with the ADA because it throws up so many roadblocks for people with disabilities and it doesn’t actually require compliance – just “substantial progress” towards compliance, a term which the bill leaves undefined. The ADA is a critical component of our nation’s civil rights laws. It is a 28 year old statute that prohibits discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications against people with disabilities. Instead of doing all we can to strengthen the ADA and ensure that its promise is being realized across the country, this bill takes us in the opposite direction. I voted NO. H.R. 620 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

213

19

0

5

DEMOCRAT

12

173

0

8

TOTAL

225

192

0

13

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0



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