ADA Amendments Act Update from AUCD
- This update on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 is courtesy of the 9/15/08 edition of the AUCD Legislative News in Brief:
Last Thursday, the Senate passed its version of the ADA Restoration Act (S. 3406) by unanimous consent. The bill is similar to bipartisan legislation introduced in the House by Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI) that passed by a 402-17 margin in July. The Senate version is slightly different than the House bill. Under current law, a disability is a physical or mental condition that "substantially" limits one or more major life activity. The House bill would have included a condition that "materially restricts" one or more major life activities. House Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD), who sponsored the House bill, said the change was acceptable but could weaken the bill's implementation. "I'm not as confident that the Supreme Court can't somehow misconstrue it," Hoyer said. The House plans to take up the Senate version and pass it under suspension this Wednesday.Sandy, Illinois (alpy2@...)
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