Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse Signed by Brown
May 14, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (Roth) which gives some relief to small business. Among other things, the bill allows small businesses that hire a Certified Access Specialist to inspect their facilities a chance to fix Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues before a suit can be filed. It also allows all small businesses to correct basic issues like signage and warning strips without penalty. Last year, Senator Roth introduced SB 251 which was essentially the same legislation except it also included tax credits to assist small business owners with the costs of retrofitting their place of business to be compliant with the ADA. Governor Brown vetoed SB 251 due to these tax credits, arguing that tax credits should be part of the budget negotiation process.