Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 620 - ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

February 13, 2018 12:42 PM

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Bera (CA), Schrader (OR), Peters, Scott (CA)


REVISED Shortens the timeline from 180 to 120 total days.

Castor (FL)


SUBSTITUTE The proposal allows businesses a 120-day period to correct an alleged violation before commencing civil action. After this 120-day period, the individual facing an ADA barrier could file a lawsuit for noncompliance.

Denham (CA)


REVISED Ensures the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section takes action, to the extent practicable, to make ADA compliance publications available in languages commonly used by owners and operators of U.S. businesses

Denham (CA)


LATE States that until the 120-day period has expired, an owner/operator may not be held liable under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Foster (IL)


Allows for punitive damages for noncompliance after the cure period.

Hartzler (MO)


LATE Allows the use of portable pool lifts and allow the sharing of lifts between pools and spas to satisfy the pool accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act for places of public accommodation.

Langevin (RI)


Removes the requirement that a person who claims discrimination must first provide written notice that allows 60 days for an owner to acknowledge receipt of the complaint and 120 days to demonstrate substantial progress in removing the barrier before legal action may be pursued.

McMorris Rodgers (WA)


Strikes the requirement that the written notices of alleged violation include the specific sections of the ADA alleged to have been violated.

Speier (CA), Schrader (OR), Bera (CA)


Removes requirements for the plaintiff to reference the specific statute alleged to have been violated, whether a request was made to have the barrier removed, and whether the barrier was permanent or temporary in order to file a claim.

Speier (CA), Schrader (OR), Bera (CA)


Clarifies that the defendant is still liable if the defendant fails to make substantial progress to remove the barrier.

Stivers (OH)


WITHDRAWN Prevents the awarding of legal fees when a party's only injury is its organizational expenditure of resources.