From the Access Currents
Justice Department Resumes Effort to Issue ADA Final Rule
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is proceeding with necessary steps to publish updated regulations under the ADA. These regulations will include new access standards for facilities based on revised guidelines previously issued by the Board. DOJ sought to issue its regulations last winter but delayed publication in order to give incoming officials of the Obama administration the opportunity to review the rule. With the Senate’s confirmation of Thomas Perez as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in October, DOJ has resumed work on remaining steps that must be completed before the rule can be cleared for publication. A timeframe for release of the regulations is not available at this time. The Board will issue further updates on this action through its newsletter and website. For more information, contact DOJ at 800-514-0301 (v) or 800-514-0383 (TTY).
This is certainly good news. In Texas, we will probably see a relatively quick adoption of this Revised ADAAG as our new Standard. Hopefully, we will not make too many changes.