Department of Justice to Receive Written Comments
and Hold Hearings on the Preliminary Determination of ADA Equivalency for Maryland Accessibility Code

The Department of Justice will receive written comments and hold public hearings in Maryland and Washington, D.C., on the Department’s May 29, 2003, preliminary determination that the Maryland Accessibility Code meets or exceeds the new construction and alterations requirements for buildings and facilities under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The hearing in Maryland will be held September 4, 2003, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building/Howard County Office Complex at 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland.

The hearing in Washington, D.C., will be held October 22, 2003, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Suite 4039 [the offices of the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice], 1425 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Further details regarding the comment period and public hearings are included in the notices published in the Federal Register.

Certification of State and Local Building Codes

August 20, 2003