House Concurrent Resolution 32: What you need to know
April 13, 2016 / ADA
- House Concurrent Resolution 32 is not a bill that would make changes in Ohio law; Rather, if passed, the Ohio General Assembly would call upon the United States Congress to take action and pass a federal law;
- HCR 32 would ask the United States Congress to pass a bill called H.R. 3765, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015;
- H.R. 3765 would make it more difficult for people with disabilities to file law suits when someone violates the Americans with Disabilities Act;
- The bill would require a detailed and lengthy notification process that people with disabilities would have to follow before filing a lawsuit;
- If people with disabilities do not follow the notification process, they could be punished with a criminal fine;
- The bill would also require federal officials to do more education and training about accessibility and public accommodations; as well as promote alternative dispute resolution methods (ways to come to an agreement without going to court) to resolve accessibility law suits.
The bill has had two hearings in the Ohio House State Government Committee.