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Massachusetts SB 1553 – Joint Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee
A key section in this bill would require the Architectural Access Board to regularly amend and repeal rules and regulations designed to make multiple dwellings and public buildings and facilities, including but not limited to, areas that are not generally in public use, accessible to, and functional for and safe for use by persons with disabilities.
STATUS: In the Senate on April 16, 2024, reporting date extended to Wednesday May 8. House concurred on April 25, 2024.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/193/S1553
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  SB 2516 – Veterans Accessibility Act – Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
This bill would establish a Veterans Advisory Committee on Equal Access, including physical access. While the Committee will focus only on the Veterans Affairs Department, its passage would establish an important precedent eliminating barriers for all people with disabilities. The bill specifically cites the following statistic: "there are projected to be at least 80,000,000 people age 65 or older in the United States by 2040, more than twice the number in 2000. Older adults experience higher rates of disability than younger adults."
STATUS: Referred to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
https://www.congress.gov/118/bills/s2516/BILLS-118s2516is.pdf
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Minnesota HF-4895 – Judiciary, Finance and Civil Law
Would revise the processes for determining what is meant by reasonable accommodations for public accommodation, including criteria for determining undue hardship for public accommodation, among other requirements.
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF4895
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  Concurrent Resolution* HR 101 – Education and the Workforce, Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Accountability
A resolution that recognizes the need to improve physical access to many federally funded facilities for all people of the United States, particularly people with disabilities.
STATUS: No Action
https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/101/all-info
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Pennsylvania HB 2173 – House State Government Committee
This bill would establish a Department of Disability Rights, Employment, Accessibility, and Mobility. It would also establish the powers and duties of the Department to include the development of a State plan for maintaining, revising and enforcing Statewide disability policies and standards throughout the State Government.
STATUS: Introduced to Committee on April 3, 2024
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm
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  Concurrent Resolution* S31 – Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Companion resolution to the House resolution recognizing the need to improve physical access to many federally funded facilities for all people of the United States, particularly people with disabilities.
STATUS: No Action
https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/senate-concurrent-resolution/31/actions
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Virginia HB 1165 – Health and Human Services Committee
This bill was introduced in March 2024 and revises the definitions of rights of persons with disabilities. The bill defines "path of travel," "place of public accommodation," "public entity," and "readily achievable." The bill requires places of public accommodation to ensure that barriers to accessibility are removed when the removal is readily achievable.
STATUS: Passed Unanimously in both the House and Senate; signed by the Governor on April 8, 2024
https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?241+sum+HB1165
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  * Please note that a concurrent resolution must be passed by both houses of Congress but does not have the force of law.
     
Hawaii House Bill 1413 – House Labor & Government Operations Committee
Would require that the legislature ensure that state facilities, businesses and recreational facilities meet certain accessibility requirements and be in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
STATUS: No Movement
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session/archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx
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New York Senate Bill 6693 – Investigations and Government Operations Committee
Companion bill to A6116 that would require state agencies to develop a 5-year accessibility plan providing full access to the physical facilities, services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities.
STATUS: No Movement
https://www.nysenate.gov/search/legislation?type=bill&printno=6693&status=all&sponsor=all&committee=all
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Illinois House Bill 5242 – Senate Judiciary Committee
Would amend the Environmental Barriers Act. Provides that no public facility may be constructed or altered without the statement of an architect that the plans comply with the most recent editions of the International Code Council/American National Institute Standard A117.1 (Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities).
STATUS: Referred to the House Rules Committee
https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB2989/2023
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Minnesota House Bill 2615 – House Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee
This bill would establish an arts and cultural economy capital grant program to make grants to fund building accessibility renovations to comply with ADA requirements.
STATUS: No Movement
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php? number=HF2615&version=0&session=ls93& session_year=2023&session_number=0&format=pdf
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Minnesota House Bill 4482 – Capital Investment
Bill 4482 would appropriate funds for the Music Resource Center including monies for structural changes to meet current building codes and improvements for compliance with the ADA.
STATUS: No Movement
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php? number=HF4482&version=0&session=ls93& session_year=2024&session_number=0&format=pdf
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NY A06116 – Committee on Governmental Operations
Introduced in early January 2024, this bill will require New York agencies to develop and implement a five-year accessibility plan including information on ongoing projects and projects planned over the next five years that would improve physical, digital and programmatic access …for persons with disabilities. In the Senate, S6693 is a companion bill.
STATUS: No Movement
https://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A06116&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y
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New York A 4169 – Committee on Aging
This bill would establish a senior housing accessibility study group to consider how to improve ad enhance accessibility requirements for all newly constructed or substantially reconstructed senior housing developments.
STATUS: No Movement
https://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A06116&leg_video=
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