ADA Bill Passed Major Hurdle in the U.S. House
Earlier this month, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2016,” by a vote of 15-6. The bill, which aims to establish a “notice and cure” period to allow building owners to address violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) before a lawsuit can be brought, now heads to a full vote in the House of Representatives. Co-sponsors Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) led the debate on the bill and made the case for the need for this type of legislation. They emphasized that giving small businesses the opportunity to fix ADA barriers not only serves the purpose and intent of the original legislation, but also helps to ensure funds are invested in correcting issues rather than paying attorney’s fees.
BOMA’s advocacy team will continue to work with a coalition of real estate groups on engaging the House to move towards a successful vote. Watch a full video of the hearing and see the vote breakdown online.