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Americans with Disabilities Act: Eleventh Amendment Issues

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Publication Date: October 2000

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS20472

Topic: Population and demographics (Disabled)


The Supreme Court has granted certiorari and heard oral argument in Garrett v. University of Alabama, a case involving the application of the Eleventh Amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Garrett is likely to be one of the most significant cases of the 2000-2001 Supreme Court term as it could have an impact on ADA coverage of states and localities and on the doctrine of federalism. This report will provide a brief overview of the Eleventh Amendment and its application to the ADA. It will be updated as appropriate. For a more detailed analysis of the ADA see Jones, "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Statutory Language and Recent Issues," CRS Report 98-921.