Legislation Introduced to Roll Back Requirements on Swimming Pool Accessibility

Two additional bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) rule that requires new swimming pools to be accessible to people with disabilities.   Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 4200, which has 13 co-sponsors and would prohibit the Attorney General from enforcing the regulation.   Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) introduced H.R. 4256, which has 46 co-sponsors and would direct the Attorney General to revise the rule so that portable lifts would be acceptable for providing access to swimming pools even if a permanent lift was readily achievable and so that one portable lift is adequate even if there is more than one pool at a facility. The bills are similar to S. 2186 and S. 2191 introduced by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), which would prohibit the Attorney General from administering or enforcing certain accessibility regulations relating to pools at public accommodations or provided by public entities. These bills are of concern to The Arc because they respond to an industry’s reluctance to comply with access standards designed to make public accommodations accessible to people with disabilities. Any roll back of any part of the Americans with Disabilities Act represents a roll back of the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
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