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Legislative Day of February 15, 2018

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9:00:07 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:17 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:00:37 A.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:59 A.M. SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL - The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Byrne demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Byrne objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
9:03:22 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Schrader to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:29 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:13:35 A.M. H.R. 620 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 736. H.R. 620 — "To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes."
9:13:40 A.M. H.R. 620 Provides for consideration of H.R. 620 and H.R. 3978 under structured rules and H.R. 3299 under a closed rule. Each bill shall be debatable for one hour. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period of February 16, 2018 through February 23, 2018.
9:14:05 A.M. H.R. 620 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 736 and Rule XVIII.
9:14:06 A.M. H.R. 620 The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:15:00 A.M. H.R. 620 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 620.
10:21:41 A.M. H.R. 620 Mr. Goodlatte moved that the committee rise.
10:21:55 A.M. H.R. 620 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
10:22:02 A.M. H.R. 620 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 620 as unfinished business.
10:22:37 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
10:27:46 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 15.
10:27:48 A.M. H.R. 620 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 620 — "To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes."
10:28:04 A.M. H.R. 620 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
10:29:26 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to ensure the Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section takes action, to the extent practicable, to make ADA compliance publications available in languages commonly used by owners and operators of U.S. businesses.
10:30:08 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham Part A amendment No. 1.
10:37:49 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Denham amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:38:04 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to remove the requirement that a person who claims discrimination must first provide written notice that allows 60 days for an owner to acknowledge receipt of the complaint and 120 days to demonstrate substantial progress in removing the barrier before legal action may be pursued.
10:38:54 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin Part A amendment No. 2.
10:47:48 A.M. H.R. 620 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Langevin amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Langevin demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:48:11 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to allow for punitive damages for noncompliance after the cure period.
10:48:41 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster Part A amendment No. 3.
10:53:54 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Failed by voice vote.
10:54:08 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Ms. Speier, numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to clarify that the defendant is still liable if the defendant fails to make substantial progress to remove the barrier.
10:54:47 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier Part A amendment No. 4.
11:01:24 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Speier amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:01:38 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Bera, numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to shorten the timeline from 180 to 120 total days.
11:02:05 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bera Part A amendment No. 5.
11:08:44 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Bera amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:08:59 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Poe (TX), numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to strike the requirement that the written notices of alleged violation include the specific sections of the ADA alleged to have been violated.
11:09:40 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poe(TX) Part A amendment No. 6.
11:13:39 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Poe (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:15:06 A.M. H.R. 620 Mr. Poe (TX) moved that the committee rise.
11:15:16 A.M. H.R. 620 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
11:15:25 A.M. H.R. 620 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 620 as unfinished business.
11:15:50 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
11:20:53 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 15.
11:20:56 A.M. H.R. 620 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 620 — "To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes."
11:21:08 A.M. H.R. 620 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
11:21:09 A.M. H.R. 620 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:47:08 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Failed by recorded vote: 188 - 226 (Roll no. 79).
11:47:44 A.M. H.R. 620 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 620.
11:48:08 A.M. H.R. 620 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:50:38 A.M. H.R. 620 The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
11:57:51 A.M. H.R. 620 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 225 - 192 (Roll no. 80).
11:57:53 A.M. H.R. 620 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:59:40 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.
11:59:53 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
12:02:03 P.M. The Chair announced, on behalf of the Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader, their joint appointment, pursuant to clause 6 of rule II, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, of Mr. Michael Ptasienski, McLean, Virginia, as Inspector General for the U.S. House of Representatives.
12:03:20 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:34:08 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:36:08 P.M. Mr. Woodall moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:36:10 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:36:11 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 16, 2018.
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