The House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, the misleadingly-named ADA Education and Reform Act, which disability and civil rights groups say guts the Americans with Disabilities Act, on Thursday with a 225-192 vote. The move sparked swift outrage from the disability community, who say the bill effectively makes them ‘second-class citizens (PDF).’ All but 19 Republicans voted for H.R. 620, while all but a dozen Democrats voted against its passage.
The final version of H.R. 620 would give businesses up to four months to respond to an ADA violation complaint and start making ‘substantial progress’ toward removing barriers to access. The bill does not contain a definition of ‘substantial progress.’
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