It may be a while before we see real reform on one of the Coalition of Franchisee Association’s (CFA) top priorities, but at least we’ve begun the process. The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice last week held a public hearing on the Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act (HR. 3765). The bill, sponsored by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX-02) protects small business owners from fraudulent lawsuits alleging ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) violations by prohibiting demand letters alleging ADA violations unless they include the specific circumstances under which an individual was denied access. In addition, it requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop a program to educate state and local governments, as well as property owners, on strategies for promoting accessibility for disabled persons. CFA was in attendance with members providing detailed testimony on behalf of the bill. There will be much more to come on this legislation and we will keep you apprised.