Americans with Disabilities Act

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced S. 2186 and S. 2191, which would prohibit the Attorney General from administering or enforcing certain accessibility regulations relating to pools at public accommodations or provided by public entities. The bills are in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) rule that requires new swimming pools to be accessible to people with disabilities. The rule was to have become effective on March 15, but DOJ extended the date to May 2012 and has proposed extending the deadline to September 2012. The Arc and other disability organizations are drafting a letter to Senators expressing concern about depriving people with disabilities access to swimming pools and prohibiting an executive branch agency from enforcing its own rules. The Arc also will submit comments to DOJ opposing an additional extension of the compliance deadline.
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