In February 2017, Representative Ted Poe (R-TX-2) introduced H.R. 620 the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 which limits the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under the ADA to access places of public accommodation in the same manner as all other citizens.
This bill would require individuals with disabilities to send a letter of notification to the business that it is out of compliance with the law, allow 60 days for them to acknowledge the barrier and allow businesses another 120 days to fix the access problem. No other civil rights group is forced to wait 180 days to enforce their civil rights. Businesses could employ a “wait and see” approach, continuing to violate the law with impunity.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, in 1990 as the most comprehensive disability rights legislation ever passed. Unfortunately, after 27 years, there are still several organizations, businesses, and companies which have still not complied.
- H.R. 620 would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the ADA.
- This bill looks to address the “frivolous” or “drive-by” lawsuits small businesses are facing, but this broad approach will not put an end to the lawsuits.
- H.R. 620 would limit the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under the ADA to access places of public accommodation in the same manner as all other citizens.
- This bill would amend the ADA to require a person to send a letter of notification to the business that was out of compliance with the law giving the business a grace period of 180 days in total before someone can file suit.