Washington–Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. This bill, which Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) is an original cosponsor of, passed by a vote of 225-192.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides critical access to everyday life for millions of Americans who are living with a disability,” said Rep. Conaway. “Unfortunately, cash-hungry attorneys are taking advantage of the ADA by filing frivolous lawsuits against small businesses- many of which aren’t even aware of the very minor, technical offense they are being sued for. These predatory lawyers often don’t even live in the state, and rely on Google Earth to find local, small businesses to slap with a lawsuit and make a quick buck. Currently, our local businesses aren’t even given a chance to fix the violation before the lawsuit is filed, costing thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees before the ADA violation can even be addressed.
“The legislation passed today gives small businesses a chance to focus their limited resources on increasing accessibility for disabled Americans, rather than fattening the wallets of out-of-state attorneys. The ADA Education and Reform Act protects all accessibility requirements of the ADA, and encourages businesses to act quickly to address any potential violations- a win for all those involved.”