Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham’s Amendment Fighting “Drive-By” Lawsuits Included in House-Passed ADA Education and Reform Act
H.R. 620 Passed the House yesterday: Yeas and Nays: 225 - 192
Roll Call Vote
February 16, 2018 - U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (CA-10), on Thursday spoke on the House floor in favor of his amendment fighting “drive-by” lawsuits, shortly before the vote to adopt the amendment and pass H.R.620 the ADA Education and Reform Act in the House.
Denham’s amendment would require ADA rules and guidelines be published in multiple languages to provide minority and immigrant business owners who do not speak English as a first or primary language access to information they need to stay compliant and avoid costly and needless lawsuits. This is vital in places like California, where 75% of these lawsuits have targeted immigrant and minority owned businesses.
Rep. Denham: “If you want businesses to comply with the law, you have to give them the opportunity to comply.”
“We’ve heard a lot of these stories about small businesses and regulatory impacts that they face. But in [the case of one constituent who faced this type of lawsuit], I was amazed to find out when I visited, she was more than happy to fix any ADA compliance issue. And as she wheeled around in her wheelchair from the kitchen to the cash register, and Spanish language being the first language that she knew, she wanted to fix things for her customers and fix things for those that are coming in with disabilities. We need to give her the opportunity to do that.”
Source: Congressman Jeff Denham