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Mr. Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy is discussing the ADA regulations that went to effect March 15th 2012.

Kareem Dale, "I want to discuss what we did. And give it a little bit of an overall picture.

So let me start by maybe framing the issue. Obviously, in July 2010, on the 20th anniversary of the ADA the president announced that the Department of Justice regulations regulating the ADA were finalized and would be put into the Federal Register and then take effect pursuant to the regulation schedule. They were put into the Federal Register in September of that year, September of 2010. Obviously some of those regulations were implemented and became final in March of 2011 and then others dealing with design standards building and construction became effective in March 2012.

And as many of you all know who spend a lot of time working on the regulations, the regulations were extraordinarily long , detailed, more comprehensive. A lot of stuff was accomplished through those regulations. The regulations on recreation facilities and golf courses, and other facilities went into effect for the first time since the ADA was passed in 1990. And all of those regulations took effect yesterday, except for the one obviously that we are going to discuss regarding swimming pools. All of those regulations took effect and are in effect finally. And are in full force and effect today. So that's a little bit of the overall.

What did we do yesterday? Yesterday, what we did was we issued two rules. One notice of proposed rulemaking, and then won the final rule. If I may talk about the notice of proposed rulemaking first. The notice of proposed rulemaking that we put out yesterday provides a 15 day comment period. And I think that 15 day comment period for people to comment on whether the provision -- the specific provision related to swimming pools and lifts should be extended for six months.

And we obviously want the community to comment on that, provide those comments through the Federal Register process. We want to hear from everybody about that. If you read the notice of proposed rulemaking, what it says is that the extended time proposal that we want comments on is regarding misunderstandings around the swimming pool rule as swimming pools and lifts and to understand all the misunderstandings. So that's what the extension of time is about that we are requesting comment on. There will be 15 days to comment on that, the Department of Justice will analyze those comments. Make a proposal through the normal process to the office of management, and then a final decision will be made based on those comments and input from all sides. We certainly want everybody to go ahead and comment on that.

That's number one. Number two, what we did a is in order to make sure that we had time for the 15 day comment period and the chance for the Department of Justice to do their due diligence and analyze all those comments and make sure we are hearing from everybody and that we have a full picture, we extended the compliance date for the section dealing with swimming pools and lifts for 60 days. And so that was immediately to hold for 60 days and during that time is when we will be able to address the comments, analyze the comments, and hopefully come to a final decision after we have a chance to review all of the comments. That's what we did today."