The efforts to roll back the rights of people with disabilities through ADA Notification bills like H.R. 620 are gaining momentum in Congress. While similar bills have been unable to garner enough support to pass into law, we do not expect that to be the case in this Congress. This bill continues to gain support from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and it’s on us to fight it!
H.R. 620 would create additional barriers to seeing our rights enforced under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to requiring that businesses in violation of the ADA be provided with a very specific written notice by the person who encountered the access barrier, those businesses would then be allowed a lengthy time frame to “make substantial progress in removing the barrier.” Not only would this remove any incentive for businesses to come into compliance with the ADA before receiving a notification, but it would also shift the onus of monitoring compliance to the very people being discriminated against! Twenty-seven years after the ADA was signed into law, this is unacceptable. H.R. 620 would be a major setback for people with disabilities.
We need you to take action! We hope you have already been in touch with your Representatives about the dangers of this bill. Please keep it up! You can get in touch with your Representatives by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Specifically we need you to reach out to Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Karen Bass because they are members of the House Judiciary Committee who will be voting on this bill soon. Please tell Congressman Lieu and Congresswoman Bass to OPPOSE H.R. 620 and any other bill that would weaken the ADA, thereby weakening the protections for people with disabilities all over the country.
Congressman Lieu’s phone number is 323-651-1040.
Congresswoman Bass’ phone number is 323-965-1422.
If you are not sure what do say, please click here for talking points to use during your phone call.