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H.R. 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

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A bill which just passed the House would update the law for disabled Americans for modern times, say Republicans. Democrats say it would set disabled Americans’ civil rights back decades.


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, more commonly called the ADA, was a landmark law. It outlawed discrimination in employment, housing, or other areas on the basis of the applicant being disabled. It also required most businesses and buildings to accommodate disabled people, with features such as mandatory wheelchair ramps.

The law’s components were hardly controversial among ...

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Ted Poe

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Length: 6 pages

Jan 24, 2017


Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 15, 2018

This bill passed in the House on February 15, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: estimates H.R. 620 will add $18 million in new spending through 2022.
Disability Network Southwest Michigan: Although we support design of any training or education in regards to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we believe HR 620 is discriminatory in that it makes it harder for people with disabilities to file an ADA-based civil rights complaint. ...


Jan 24, 2017

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Sep 7, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jan 30, 2018
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Feb 7, 2018
On House Schedule

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Feb 15, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

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Signed by the President

H.R. 620 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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