January 25, 2017 –
On Tuesday, January 23, 2017, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R. 620) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 620 is sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and has found bipartisan support, with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Rep. Ami Bera (D-TX) signing on as cosponsors. The bill will create a “notice-and-cure” provision within the ADA, giving businesses accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III accessibility requirements an opportunity to remedy the violation before a lawsuit may move forward. This will provide improved access to public accommodations for the disability community while preventing well-meaning business owners from falling victim to “drive-by” lawsuits - the practice of identifying technical, easily correctable violations to force a settlement consisting principally of attorneys’ fees.
On January 25th, IREM sent the Rep. Poe and the cosponsors a letter thanking them for their support of this important reform.
IREM is a member of a coalition of industry stakeholders that is actively advocating for this reform.
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