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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 11, 2023 11:31 AM
From: Representative Tarik Khan and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Rep. Melissa Cerrato, Rep. Justin C. Fleming, Rep. Tim Brennan, Rep. Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Michael's Law —Admission Fairness for Persons with Care Attendants
Several years ago, Michael Anderson, a Pennsylvania man with cerebral palsy, was forced to pay a dual fee for entrance to a local museum because he required a paid personal-care aide to accompany him. Michael’s case required him to pursue legal action, and a judge ruled in his favor. The ruling concluded that gratis admission for Michael’s aide was consistent with a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.
Many Pennsylvanians have the freedom to visit a museum, attend a concert for their favorite band, or go to a sports game and cheer on their favorite team. However, for individuals who require care, this is not always the case. These individuals require assistance from a personal care attendant. Thus, if they wish to enter a venue that requires paid admission, these persons with disabilities often must also pay for the admission of their personal care attendant, paying double the price of admission to experience these activities. This burden is a barrier to access and should be removed. 
Our legislation will require venues to waive admission fees for personal care attendants whose attendance is necessary to enable individuals who require care to attend events. The personal care attendant would either sit with the person who needs care or be given a place to stand or sit nearby. This simple allowance opens venues for persons often marginalized in our society, and it is the right thing to do. 
Please join us in breaking unnecessary barriers and expanding entertainment, cultural, and social accessibility to all Pennsylvanians by co-sponsoring this bill.

Introduced as HB1104