Justice department pushes back date for proposed website accessibility rules – yet again

Nearly three years ago, in September 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would be issuing proposed regulations governing the accessibility of websites of public accommodations and state and local governments. The announcement came in the form of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which sought comments from the public about what should be in the rule, including technical standards for what constitutes an accessible website. As we reported here, the DOJ had previously announced that it would issue the proposed rule for state/local governments this month, and the proposed rule for public accommodations this December. Last week, the DOJ pushed back these dates by 3-4 months to November 2013 and March 2014, respectively.