On a bipartisan 4-1 vote, the Senate Judiciary committee this week passed SB 1186, a bill jointly authored by Senator Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senator Dutton (R-Inland Empire) which contains important reforms relating to disability access lawsuits.
Although contentious at times, with several individuals known to file hundreds of ADA lawsuits present at the hearing to oppose the measure, the committee mustered the political will to agree that reforms are necessary.
Many amendments and changes to the bill were discussed and a working group has been established to continue to work towards consensus. Rex Hime, President and CEO of CBPA, is representing commercial real estate interests and he expects the bill to be the “focus of intense negotiations over the next few months.”
Hime has a long history working with a bipartisan group of legislators and a wide variety impacted constituency groups, that have been able to work together to provide incremental reform over the past few years.
SB 1186 is intended to enhance accessibility while addressing lawsuit abuses and provides a modicum of protection from predatory individuals to businesses that are striving to do the right thing and complying with accessibility laws.
Click here to read the current version of the bill.
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