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Republican senators push for clarity on website ADA compliance

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Republican senators are seeking clarity from the Department of Justice on compliance requirements for website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and six other senators followed up on a 2018 letter to the DOJ urging action around ADA compliance so that businesses, including credit unions, will be able to better serve the needs of the disabled community.

“We therefore urge the Department to provide further clarity, especially given that the issue of whether the ADA applies to private websites at all—or the scope of such application—continues to be subject to conflicting judicial opinions,” the July 30 letter said. “Absent further guidance, compliance will remain a matter of increasing litigation and inconsistent outcomes. Regulation through litigation should not be the standard.”

A number of credit unions have faced lawsuits that allege their websites don’t meet ADA standards. The industry has been pushing for clarity on the issue.

The senators requested further information around the next steps that the DOJ intends to take and if the department would consider intervening in pending litigation.

Other senators that join Grassley in signing the letter include Thom Tillis, R-N.C., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D.

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