Text: H.R.1430 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/28/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1430


To provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, shall not apply to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education; and to prohibit limitations on the ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2019

Ms. Waters (for herself, Mr. Takano, Ms. Speier, Ms. Norton, and Mr. Cohen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, shall not apply to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education; and to prohibit limitations on the ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Inapplicability of chapter 1 of title 9, United States Code, to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education.

(a) In General.—Chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code (relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements) shall not apply to an enrollment agreement made between a student and an institution of higher education.

(b) Definition.—For purposes of this section, the term “institution of higher education ” has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

SEC. 3. Prohibition on limitations on ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education.

Section 487(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1094(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(30) The institution will not require any student to agree to, and will not enforce, any limitation or restriction (including a limitation or restriction on any available choice of applicable law, a jury trial, or venue) on the ability of a student to pursue a claim, individually or with others, against an institution in court.”.

SEC. 4. Effective date.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.