Legislative Updates

December 2022 was a very quiet month for legislators throughout the United States as most were in recess until 2023. As we enter the new year, hopes for legislative actions regarding physical access for persons with disabilities must compete with other priorities such as online access for people with disabilities. For example, a bill advanced in the US Senate (SB 4998) in November that would establish standards for website accessibility.

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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.
STATUS: No Action
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.
STATUS: No Action
https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&bill=CR29
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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.
STATUS: No Action
https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB3446/2021
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  Concurrent Resolution HCR73 House Subcommittee on Economic Development
Language is identical to the Senate Resolution.
STATUS: Sent to House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&bill=CR29
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Massachusetts H4758
Removing barriers to work that discriminate against persons with disabilities, mobility impairments and seniors.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means
https://trackbill.com/bill/massachusetts-house-bill-4758-an-act-relative-to-expanding-the-availability-of-adaptable-housing-for-consumers-with-disabilities-mobility-impairments-and-seniors/2258925/
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  HB 2941—Accessible Voting Act
While this bill 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.
STATUS: Sent to House Committee on House Administration
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/2941
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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.
STATUS: No Action
https://legiscan.com/NY/bill/A09472/2021
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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.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.
STATUS: Sent to Senate Finance Committee
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/2481
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Rhode Island H7989
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.
STATUS: Referred for further study
  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.
STATUS: Sent to House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/77
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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.
STATUS: No Action
https://legiscan.com/US/bill/HB3317/2021
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    HB4756
Requires the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) to develop guidelines for exercise or equipment services providers regarding the provision of accessible exercise or fitness equipment.
STATUS: Referred to the House Education and Labor Committee
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/4756/all-info
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