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Americans with Disabilities Act Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact the Americans with Disabilities Act in Texas.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act (Telicon Report 4/24/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 1123Drew SpringerRelating to continuing education requirements for architects regarding compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require continuing education for architects to include barrier-free design and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-20-17 H Committee action pending Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1463John SmitheeRelating to procedures for asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require new procedures for claims of failure to comply with ADA standards, including website accessibility guidelines. Would provide process modeled after civil action, with notice, response, pleas, evidentiary hearing, and proof to the preponderance of evidence standard. Would require time for respondent to remedy complaint. A claim that does not meet standards would be considered a false claim subject to civil penalty not more than $50,000 for each violation, the cost of the investigation and prosecution of the false claim, and restitution to the recipient of the bad faith notice for legal and professional expenses. Does not create a private cause of action for a false claim.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-18-17 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
SB 296Chuy HinojosaRelating to the liability of the state for a violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit state government from claiming immunity in a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while also limiting the amount of damages that can be awarded to state employees who prove a claim of employment discrimination under the ADA.
no datano dataLast Action: 01-30-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

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