FEB 15 1996 The Honorable Trent Lott United States Senate Suite 487 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510-2403 Dear Senator Lott: This letter is in response to your inquiry on behalf of your constituent, Mrs. Skeeter Maxey. The delay in responding was caused by the partial government shutdown. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused your constituent. The correspondence from Mrs. Maxey enclosed with your letter to Attorney General Reno says that Mrs. Maxey is interested in opening a four-screen motion picture theater, but is concerned about what she believes are unnecessary costs associated with complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). Mrs. Maxey's letter does not, however, indicate any specific provision of the ADA or of the Department of Justice's title III regulation about which she is concerned. The ADA is a carefully balanced law providing equal opportunity for persons with disabilities while taking into consideration the legitimate cost concerns of the business sector. The costs of complying with the ADA are especially minimal in the area of new construction, where less than 1% of the costs of construction are attributable to accessibility. Please be assured that the title III regulation was promulgated pursuant to Congress's directive and contains standards for the design and construction of facilities required to be accessible by the ADA. See 42 U.S.C. S 12186(b) and (c). These accessibility standards are consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines ("ADAAG") issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board ("Access Board"). See 42 U.S.C. SS 12186(c); 12204(a) and (b). cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Bowen, McDowney, Kuczynski, FOIA Udd:Kuccynsk:Bowen:Congress:Lott 01-04142 ​ -2-

Members of the public were given an opportunity to comment upon both the regulation and the ADAAG before they were finally issued. In fact, representatives of the National Association of Theatre Owners commented extensively on the impact of the regulation and the ADAAG upon the motion picture theater industry. I hope this information is helpful in responding to your constituent. Sincerely, Deval L. Patrick Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division 01-04143 ​ The Honarable Trent Lott U.S. Congressman Senate Majority Whip Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Lott: On behalf of myself as a theatre owner and as a consultant presently working with a man and his wife in the process of building a theatre in Holly Springs and also another prospect of a Clinton, Miss. location, I want to ask you to please consider taking a second look at the actions of the Department of Justice and their interpretation of the ADA. At the present time Bill Nelms and I are working toward a plan to build a new four-screen theatre here in Senatobia. As you know, Mississippi Bank is building a new bank in the old Sandman Motel location. Bill told me this week that we are almost on ready to proceed. There is enough space next to the bank to build a four-plex theatre and they (President of the bank, Bill Nelms) an option to put in a new theatre complex. We feel Senatobia is ready to expand with the surge of growth the past few years. Page 1 of 2

You can see why I am so concerned about the ADA and the pressures from the Department of Justice. Business owners oppose the excessive demands, not to mention the litigation. We spend more time on the hassle than any other phase of getting our business 'house in order'. Our industry has supported the legislation, and we have all provided accommodations that we are proud to serve our handicapped. I do wish some of us could come before your panel and discuss some of the changes or modifications that we need concerning ADA. 01-04144 ​ Page 2 of 2 We do not have any representatives that I know of on the Public Advisory Committee, and I do know it would be quite helpful to both parties to discuss the ADA requirement implementations that are at present ignored. There are overly costly changes that we really don't need. I could save enough to equip another projection room or more. The redesigning is costly, and really not needed. No one knows better than I since my husband is handicapped, that the handicapped deserve accomodations and a theatre provides this. I know first hand from being in this business so many years, that we go the extra mile to serve our handicapped. I do so want to proceed with the four screen theatre and you know how vital a theatre is to our Northwest Community College students as well as the citizens, young and old in our community. I employ mostly young high school and college students. They have gone on to professions in education, accounting, law, health fields, and one in particular a director of Miss Texas pageant. And you knwo Norval Sykes quite well; now executive producer of Miss Texas. Our industry does contribute to beyond entertainment. Trent, so much is being ignored by the Department of Justice in our best interest. So much time and money is being wasted that could better serve more elsewhere.

I do hope you will look into this matter, and please let me hear from you and your thoughts. Anything you can do to help us, I will appreciate so much. It seems everytime I have a problem, I always call on you. But, I must add, you have always come through for me. And I do thank you so very much. Kindest personal regards, SKEETER 01-04145