Today, we are following up on an action we’ve had before on disability rights. The ACLU’s breakdown of HR 620 is here.
1. CONTACT GOODLATTE: HR 620 is a bipartisan sneak attack on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Inspired by a 60 Minutes piece which exaggerated claims of frivolous lawsuits, HR 620 throws more bureaucratic barriers in the way of disabled people seeking to eliminate physical barriers from inaccessible buildings. It would require disabled Americans to first notify the business in writing of which parts of the ADA it had violated and how, and then mandates a grace period of several months for the business to take “substantial” steps towards fixing the issue. HR 620 would weaken the rights to accessibility granted by the ADA. It’s shameful that this bill has wide bipartisan support, and one cosponsor has already withdrawn. Goodlatte voted to pass it in committee — tell him we do not approve.
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. I’m contacting Rep. Goodlatte today about his vote in committee on HR 620, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act. This Act, if passed, will weaken the ADA and turn disabled Americans into second-class citizens who must write politely to businesses to request their right to accessible spaces, instead of being granted that right and dignity as a matter of course. Rep. Goodlatte’s vote on this bill is unacceptable to me and I will take it into account when I visit the polls. Thank you.”