Disability access compliance reform bill on Gov. Brown's desk

Seth Sandronsky

Northern California Record

May 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO - A bill that gives small businesses the opportunity to fix Americans with Disability Act (ADA) violations before getting sued has been signed by California Gov. Brown.

Senate Bill 269, sponsored by Sen. Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), passed out of the California Senate by a 38-0 vote on April 25, after the Assembly’s 79-0 vote of approval on April 21.

The bill amends the Civil Code, and the Government Code, changing how construction-related accessibility claims proceed under the ADA and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act of 1959. It allows businesses with payrolls of 50 workers or less to hire a certified access specialist to conduct an inspection and receive a full 120 days to fix problems before facing penalty.

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