CalChamber-Supported Disability Access Reform Awaits Action by Governor
(September 7, 2012) A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that curbs lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes throughout the state, is on the Governor’s desk.
SB 1186 (Steinberg; D-Sacramento/Dutton; R-Rancho Cucamonga) is a “win-win” situation for the State of California.
The bill was developed over the last four months in discussions by the authors, their staffs and a working group including the CalChamber.
Among other things, SB 1186:
- Prohibits prelitigation "demands for money" by attorneys.
- Puts into place new provisions to prevent "stacking" of multiple claims to increase statutory damages.
- Reduces statutory damages and provides litigation protections for defendants who correct violations.
- Establishes priorities for the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promote and facilitate disability access compliance.
California has 40% of the nation's ADA lawsuits but only 12% of the country's disabled population.
The CalChamber is urging its members to contact the Governor and ask him to sign SB 1186.
Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera