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house Bill H.R. 620

Should the Process For Filing Lawsuits Under the Americans with Disabilities Act be Reformed?

Argument in favor

This bill would improve the process for filing lawsuits under the ADA by deterring frivolous claims and giving businesses a timeframe in which to fix the alleged infraction.

Kat's Opinion
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02/15/2018
Only if it's going to benefit the people that are disabled. As far as lawsuits go a lot of them are frivolous. But majority of the people that are disability they just want the problem resolved as quickly as possible. Your life is hard enough they don't need it made any harder. So maybe it should say that the businesses should take care of it within 30 days. Stop making life harder for people with disabilities. Who knows you could be the next person who has to live with the disability.
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Jeff's Opinion
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02/15/2018
The process needs reform to better protect against frivolous lawsuits by unscrupulous lawyers. These lawsuits are to generate money and fees. Not address access. Rather than proscribe mandatory penalties an arbitration or remedial process would better achieve desired results for the disabled.
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Tooluser1's Opinion
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02/13/2018
Frivolous lawsuits are the bane of civilized society.
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Argument opposed

These reforms would serve as a pretense for businesses to delay or avoid making accommodations for persons with disabilities, undermining the spirit of the ADA.

David's Opinion
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02/13/2018
As a disabled Gulf War veteran I depend on the laws being enforced so I can continue my life just like everyone else. I volunteered and fought for these rights. I’m already restricted at times to be like everyone else, in my eyes this bill is a burden on those of us who have disabilities. I vote and midterms are right around the corner!
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David's Opinion
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02/15/2018
This bill would force people to wait potentially months just to gain access to certain businesses and institutions, and the problem it's intended to fix by doing this is extremely small-scale.
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IllWill's Opinion
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02/13/2018
The bill is clearly designed to benefit people who are violating ADA provisions by dumping a ton of work on the people who are filing the lawsuits. Disabled Americans shouldn’t have to go through an unnecessarily odious process to prove to the courts that their rights are being violated.
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    Only if it's going to benefit the people that are disabled. As far as lawsuits go a lot of them are frivolous. But majority of the people that are disability they just want the problem resolved as quickly as possible. Your life is hard enough they don't need it made any harder. So maybe it should say that the businesses should take care of it within 30 days. Stop making life harder for people with disabilities. Who knows you could be the next person who has to live with the disability.
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    As a disabled Gulf War veteran I depend on the laws being enforced so I can continue my life just like everyone else. I volunteered and fought for these rights. I’m already restricted at times to be like everyone else, in my eyes this bill is a burden on those of us who have disabilities. I vote and midterms are right around the corner!
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    This puts the burden of enforcing the ADA onto those who need its help. We've had 25 years of education on ADA compliance. Building owners should be familiar with their obligations by now, not need "compliance through education."
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    This bill would force people to wait potentially months just to gain access to certain businesses and institutions, and the problem it's intended to fix by doing this is extremely small-scale.
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    The bill is clearly designed to benefit people who are violating ADA provisions by dumping a ton of work on the people who are filing the lawsuits. Disabled Americans shouldn’t have to go through an unnecessarily odious process to prove to the courts that their rights are being violated.
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    Chronic illness and disability are draining and difficult. Barriers in visible to those without disability or empathy are insurmountable to people with disabilities. So now, we want to require the disabled to fight for themselves, just as want our children to fight for themselves against armed gunman? Many profoundly privileged elected representatives refuse to fight for citizens now, being too busy raking in money from corporations, the NRA, and other equally corrupt manipulators. We must take care of each other.
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    This bill “would very deliberately undermine the protections afforded under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)” and would “dramatically increase the burden on any person with a disability who seeks to vindicate their rights.”
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    The lives of people with limited mobility are difficult enough without this added burden. And I don’t buy for a minute that it’s about helping small businesses!
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    Terrible bill, making life harder for those who could use just a little help to get by.
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    Current regulations about suing states and businesses currently already allow years to pass before they are required to make changes. I cannot for the life of me understand why states and businesses would want to eliminate access to the disabled. Tammy Duckworth lost both her legs and the use of one arm while serving in the military while deployed overseas. She is a US Senator. Why would anyone want to deny her access to anything? I think this is one more way to discriminate and for trump admin to make it easier for businesses to do so. They got a big tax break and the very least they can do is eliminate obstacles and impediments that prohibit persons like Tammy Duckworth from fully experiencing the life every non disabled person can experience. I’m sure there is something in that tax plan that allows businesses to write off or reduce capital expenses. This admin should be ashamed that they have now added the disabled to their litany of inconsequential people: nonwhite, women, middle class, the poor, persons needing food stamps and Medicaid, no advanced education, first, second, or third generation immigrant, liberal, activist for citizens’ rights, citizens believing the law should be followed, persons who have neither the means nor desire to buy off politicians, etc. I asked US Rep Bill Johnson to tell Senator Duckworth that he just made her life more limited.
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    Businesses have had 27 years to remedy any non-ADA issues with their properties. New construction has had to follow ADA guidelines in construction as well. There is no excuse for businesses to not comply and this legislation unnecessarily puts the burden on those with disabilities and takes away their power to force action.
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    This bill not only protects business that are not up to standard from consequences, it puts the responsibility of pointing out these issues on the shoulders of those who have a problem with it.
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    This bill does nothing for the Disabled community except allow businesses to get away w/ not making things more accessible for them.
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    This legislation has been around long enough that it should be common knowledge. I continue to see violations which would be easy to address.Why is legislation not being worked on to help these people more which would also provide for more productive employees.
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    I hate this administration 🙄
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    The process needs reform to better protect against frivolous lawsuits by unscrupulous lawyers. These lawsuits are to generate money and fees. Not address access. Rather than proscribe mandatory penalties an arbitration or remedial process would better achieve desired results for the disabled.
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    And the attack on our nation's most needy members continues while the corporate hand outs rise.
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    The entire ADA should be redone - and please look at the ridiculously absent need for any proof for service animals - it’s gotten to be extremely disruptive and truly unbelievable
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    This bill is a slap in the face of people with disabilities and a nod to businesses that they can discriminate without fear if repercussions. It will let businesses refuse to provide services such as a sign language interpreter, thus accessibility. It already frequently happens and recourse is tough. Why put the onus on the individual when the law has been effect for 27 years. It is called the Americans with Disabilities Act and is meant to provide equal access. This bill would severely curtail the rights for people with disabilities.
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    This bill can delay access to a location/business for weeks, months, years; while able bodied people have immediate access. It infringes on their civil rights and opens the door for other civil rights infringements. What's more, any business wanting assistance in understanding and complying with the ADA can get free technical assistance from several free, regional service centers. This bill takes out the need to control frivolous lawsuits with legitimate victims of discrimination. Indiana already has a good system for doing this and has very few such lawsuits. There are models for this concern that doesn't trample on the rights of people with disabilities.
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