The House of Representatives holds hearing on bill to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on H.R. 3356, the “ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act.”  The bill, which is sponsored by Representative Daniel Lungren (R-CA), would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require an individual to provide a written notice to the owner or operator of a public accommodation that there is a structural barrier to entry. The individual would have to wait 60 days to receive a written description of how the owner would remove the barrier and then wait an additional 120 days to allow the owner to actually remove the barrier. The individual could not file a lawsuit alleging discrimination under the ADA unless the owner failed to respond within the initial 60 days or unless the owner failed to remove the barrier within 6 months (the initial 60 days plus the additional 120 days). The bill has 14 co-sponsors. There is no companion Senate bill.

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