Legislative Updates

As expected, the end of 2023 was a relatively quiet period for the introduction of new legislation at both the Federal and state levels with one notable exception noted below.

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NJ A 2273 – Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Requires each State cabinet level department to establish an office dedicated to language and disability access, developing a language and disability access plan reflecting the principles of full inclusion and equal access for persons with disabilities who work for, or receive services from, the department in which the division is established in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq.; there is a companion bill in the Senate (S2143).
STATUS: Newly Introduced
https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2024/A2273/bill-text?f=A2500&n=2273_I1
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  H.R. 6248 (Think Differently Transportation Act) – Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
This bi-partisan bill would require Amtrak to report to Congress about Amtrak’s efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to U.S. Representative Mark Molinaro, Amtrak still has work to do to meet the requirements of the ADA and make trains and rail stations accessible to individuals of all disabilities.
STATUS: No Action
https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/6248
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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: Newly Introduced
https://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A06116&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y
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  HB 241
To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education. Directs the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice, in consultation with property owners and representatives of the disability rights community to establish educational programs related to compliance with the ADA.
STATUS: No Action
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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: Newly Introduced
https://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A06116&leg_video=
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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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New Jersey Senate Bill 1330 – Senate Commerce Committee
Would create financial and technical assistance and set-aside programs for businesses owned…by persons with a disability and by veterans.
STATUS: No Action
https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/S1330
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  Concurrent Resolution HCR73 House Subcommittee on Economic Development
Language is identical to the Senate Resolution.
STATUS: No Action
https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&bill=CR29
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New York A 06116 – Assembly Governmental Operations Committee
Requires each government agency to develop and implement a five-year accessibility plan that includes the steps the agency is taking and will be taking over the next five years to ensure accessibility to the agency’s facilities, services and programs for persons with disabilities, and information on ongoing projects and projects planned over the next five years related to improving physical, digital and programmatic access
STATUS: No Action
https://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A06116&leg_video=
   
     
PA SB 314 - Senate Appropriations Committee
Would appropriate more than $750 million to Penn State and more than $350 million to Temple University for renovations and upgrades to bring facilities into compliance with the ADA, and for other projects
STATUS: No Action
https://www.billtrack50.com/billdetail/1613151
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