HR 620 - ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 - National Key Vote

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Title: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends procedures required for an individual to file a lawsuit against a business for noncompliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).



  • Prohibits civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier that impedes access to a public accommodation unless (Sec. 3):

    • The aggrieved individual has provided to the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier; and

    • The owners or operators fail to provide the aggrieved individual with a written plan for improvements to remove the barrier or fail to remove the barrier within the required timeframe.

  • Requires the aggrieved individual’s notice to specify the following (Sec. 3):

    • The address of the property where the barrier was located;

    • The specific ADA sections alleged to have been violated;

    • Whether a request for assistance in removing the barrier was made; and

    • Whether the barrier was permanent or temporary.

  • Requires the owners or operators to provide the written plan for improvements within 60 days of receiving the aggrieved individual’s notice (Sec. 3).

  • Requires the owners or operators to remove the barrier within 60 days of providing the aggrieved individual with the written plan for improvements (Sec. 3).

  • Requires the Judicial Conference of the United States to develop steps to resolve accessibility issues before litigation (Sec. 5).

  • Requires the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice to develop a program that (Sec. 2):

    • Educates government entities and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for individuals with a disability; and

    • Provides guidance on remediation for potential ADA violations.