Today, Wednesday, February 14 or Thursday, February 15, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on H.R. 620, a dangerous bill that seeks to reverse nearly three decades of civil rights protections for people with disabilities. H.R. 620 not only allows equal access violators to keep breaking the law, it rewards them for it!
The misleadingly titled “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” rewards law-breakers by letting them continue to deny access to disabled customers—without any consequences—and punishes the person being discriminated against by forcing them to detail all the ways that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being violated.
It gives law-breakers six months or longer to make “substantial progress”—without defining what that is—in fixing the problem before the person being discriminated against can see their doctor, buy a cake, eat at a restaurant, or go to the movies with friends or family members.
Help Stop H.R. 620: Take ACTION
- Send EMAILS urging members of the House to VOTE NO on H.R. 620. Contacting Congress provides links to email your Representative directly;
- Pick up the phone and call your representative! Tell them to VOTE NO on H.R. 620;
- Post your opposition to HR 620. See Contacting Congress for how. On Twitter, the hashtags we’re using are: #HandsOffMyADA, #StopHR620, and #CripTheVote.
- Write a letter AT ANY TIME opposing H.R. 620 to all House offices (see how to send below);
- On the day of the vote (likely Wednesday or Thursday), please CALL and TWEET all day and tell members of the House to VOTE NO and Stop H.R. 620!
To write your representative online, go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and enter your zip code. From there, click on the envelope under your representative’s photo.
For a list of additional resources including Talking Points, sample tweets, action alert templates, phone scripts, graphics for social media, etc. go to: http://dredf.org/hr620/ or download the CCD Toolkit.
Also see DREDF’s earlier alert, “Thirty Years of Holding It Is Long Enough.”
Whether you represent an organization, a consumer or just yourself, please modify the model letter here to make the maximum impact in order to tell your story.
- Resource: Letter to California Delegation
- State that your organization opposes amending the ADA and risking it being opened to other harmful changes
- State that your organization opposes any bill that includes notification language –
- So-called “notice” legislation removes any incentive for businesses to comply proactively with the ADA. This change in the law would be a boon for businesses at the expense of people with disabilities.
- Requiring “notice” makes it far more advantageous for a business to delay doing anything to ensure access for all until it receives a notice that someone was not able to access their public accommodation.
- In practice, the proposed requirements of these laws mean the continued exclusion of individuals with disabilities from the basic public accommodations of daily life – for weeks, months, and even years.
- Our organization (or you) represents (or are yourself an) individual(s) who would be harmed by this legislation [State example]