About the bill
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 Congress members at the time, passing the House 377–28 and the Senate 91–6. Yet in the decades since, most Republicans contend that provisions of the law have been exploited by anti-business lawyers to an unforeseen extent — the number …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Length: 6 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 15, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.
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108 Cosponsors (97 Republicans, 11 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Frivolous Lawsuits Passes House”
— Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11, 2005-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 15, 2018
What stakeholders are saying
Jul 7, 2016
Earlier Version — Ordered Reported
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 3765 (114th).
Jan 24, 2017
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Sep 7, 2017
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Jan 30, 2018
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary
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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.
H.R. 620 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 620. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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