[Nfbc-info] FYI FW: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] H.R. 3765 the "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015"

Michael Hingson mike at michaelhingson.com
Wed Nov 25 19:32:23 UTC 2015

Here is the answer to the question about HR3765. 



Best Regards,



Michael Hingson



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Subject: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] H.R. 3765 the "ADA Education and Reform
Act of 2015"


Dear Colleagues,


This is just a heads-up about H.R. 3765, the "ADA Education and Reform Act
of 2015", which was introduced on October 20, 2015, by Representative Ted
Poe of Texas and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.  It is a
terrible bill that would have a chilling effect upon ADA rights.


H.R. 3765 would make it illegal even to discuss litigation with covered
entities for ADA violations without first requiring a person with a
disability to suffer the indignity of asking that an access barrier be
removed.  It would also prohibit litigation over existing violations if a
covered entity promises future compliance, and it would eliminate jury
trials for individuals with disabilities who do manage to get their ADA
cases into court.


Keep in mind, the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990.  It is
those who still refuse to provide access to individuals with disabilities at
this late date who should be penalized, not people with disabilities.  There
is no shame in standing up for one's rights under the ADA.  So far, this
bill does not have bipartisan support.


Here are the names of the eleven cosponsors by state:  Bradley Byrne of
Alabama, Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes, and David Valadao of California, David
Jolly of Florida, Doug Collins of Georgia, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina,
Michael Burgess, Brian Babin, Kenny Marchant, and Lamar Smith of Texas.
Please call your Congressmen and tell them that H.R. 3765 is a terrible


We are tracking legislative developments from here and will keep you
up-to-date on any breaking news, positive or negative, as appropriate.  


Thanks for all you do.



Parnell Diggs, Esq.

Director of Government Affairs

National Federation of the Blind

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