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AH&LA Supports Legislation Providing a One Year
Delay for the ADA Pool Lift Requirement

Additionally Will Allow Use of Portable Lifts and Sharing Lifts Between Pools

Washington, D.C., March 26, 2012
– The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) today announced support for bipartisan pool lift legislation (H.R. 4256) introduced by Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) titled, ‘‘Pool Safety and Accessibility for Everyone (Pool SAFE) Act.’’ The bill has 26 original co-sponsors.

The bill would provide a one year delay for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pool lift requirement, allow the use of portable lifts, allow sharing of lifts between pools, and protect hoteliers from being sued during the delay period.

“Congressman Mulvaney’s legislation achieves the dual goal of safety and access,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney. “Portable lifts will allow hoteliers to protect guest safety, while accommodating guests with disabilities. The delay will allow hoteliers the time to implement the necessary changes without the fear of lawsuits.”

AH&LA has pushed for these common-sense solutions to the ADA pool lift requirement since the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its incredibly late Jan. 31, 2012, reinterpretation of the 2010 ADA Standards. DOJ’s reinterpretation required hoteliers to install a permanent lift with less than two months until the implementation deadline.

On March 15, 2012, the White House issued a 60-day extension to the pool lift compliance date and DOJ published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with a 15-day comment period on a possible six-month extension in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings regarding compliance with these ADA requirements.

AH&LA is meeting with the White House today to discuss the confusion resulting from DOJ’s Jan. 31 reinterpretation and will point to Congressman Mulvaney’s legislation, as well as the bipartisan letters of support from over 120 members of Congress.

While AH&LA has sought a common-sense solution to the pool lift issue, the lodging industry is supportive of the numerous provisions of the ADA that took effect March 15, 2012. Hoteliers are committed to complying with Americans with Disabilities Act and serving the needs of the disability community.

About the AH&LA
Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

Eric Reller
(202) 289-3122

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