Legislative Updates

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 30 years ago, much work remains to be done to ensure easy and safe physical access for all. The evidence lies in the bills and resolutions introduced thus far in state legislatures from Hawaii to New Jersey. At the Federal level, two bills and resolutions regarding the disabled have also been introduced.

In the states, pending bills focus on requiring adherence to the ADA, appropriating funds to modify public spaces for disability accommodations and amending procurement regulations regarding accessibility requirements in contracts. Resolutions proposed in the US Congress and states recommit to promoting and ensuring disability rights. A US House bill dubbed the ACCESS Act calls for the development of a program to educate State and local governments and property owners on “effective and efficient strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability.

We are only halfway through the legislative year, so check back here regularly for updates on the bills listed below or new bills introduced.

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New Jersey S1086 – Requires managed care plans to provide for reasonable accommodation in accessing providers with physically accessible offices for persons with physical disabilities.
https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/S1086/2022
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  Concurrent Resolution USSCR29 Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
Recognizes the need to improve physical access to many federally funded facilities for all people of the United States, particularly people with disabilities.
https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&bill=CR29
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Arizona HB2436 – Bill requires appointment of a state-wide ADA coordinator whose role will be to enforce ADA accessibility guidelines and encourage cooperation between the small business community and the disability community.
https://legiscan.com/AZ/bill/HB2436/2022
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  Concurrent Resolution HCR73 House Subcommittee on Economic Development
Language is identical to the Senate Resolution.
https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&bill=CR29
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Arkansas SB69 – Appropriations bill includes monies for higher education institutions for ADA upgrades
PASSED – Awaiting the Governor’s signature.
https://legiscan.com/AR/bill/SB69/2022
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  HR 2941—Accessible Voting Act
While this bill, in its introduction, recognizes that only 40% of polling places in 2016 were architecturally accessible, a significant portion of the bill focuses on compelling states to offer accessible websites.
In Part 7, Payments to States for Implementation of Accessibility Requirements, Federal monies may be dispensed at the discretion of the Director of the Office of Accessibility (created in this Act). Provision of funds for physical access alterations would be eligible to states and local governments that apply and are approved by the Director.
https://legiscan.com/US/text/HB2941/2021
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Connecticut HB5277Committee on Public Health
Requires medical diagnostic equipment purchased by certain heath care facilities to meet technical standards for accessibility by persons with disabilities.
TABLED FOR THE CALENDAR
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  SB 2481 (HB 4714 Companion Bill)
Increases the tax credit for expenditures to provide access to disabled individuals from $10,250 to $20,500. Increases the gross receipts limitation from $1 million to $2.5 million.
https://legiscan.com/US/bill/SB2481/2021
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Illinois SB3446 Senate Assignments Committee
Amends the Environmental Barriers Act
Creates an ADA Compliance Commission to review any plan or design submitted for accommodations to meet ADA compliant access in housing, public venues, parks, transit, or any other locations. Will establish best practices guidelines for compliance with the ADA.
https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB3446/2021
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  HB 77 – ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services Act (ACCESS ACT)
Would require the development of educational programs targeted to state and local governments and property owners as to effective and efficient strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with disabilities.
https://legiscan.com/US/bill/HB77/2021
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Hawaii SB739Senate Judiciary Committee
Requires all places of public accommodation to comply with accessibility guidelines established under the ADA.
https://legiscan.com/HI/bill/SB739/2022
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  HB 3317 – All Station Accessibility Program Act
Proposes to provide competitive grants to assist State and local government authorities in addressing accessibility needs of legacy rail stations. Federal grants will amount to 90% of the total net cost for modifications to station facilities.
https://legiscan.com/US/bill/HB3317/2021
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Louisiana HB143Committee on House Government Affairs
Provides for the development and implementation by state agencies of policies, training and reporting relative to compliance with the requirements of the ADA.
Engrossed on April 26, 2022 (passed House after amendments were added). Referred to Committee on Senate and Government Affairs.
https://legiscan.com/LA/bill/HB143/2022
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Minnesota SB3769Capital Investment Committee
Public right-of-way facilities ADA compliance requirements capital improvements bond issue and appropriation.
https://legiscan.com/MN/bill/SF3769/2021
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New York AB9472Assembly Aging Committee
Establishes the senior housing accessibility study group to examine and make recommendations for amending the New York State uniform fire prevention code to improve and enhance accessibility requirements for all newly constructed or substantially reconstructed senior housing developments.
https://legiscan.com/NY/bill/A09472/2021
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