CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

SB 1186 - ADA Reform Measure - Approved by State Senate

By Todd Roberson on 05/30/2012 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

We are happy to report that Senate Bill 1186, joint-authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senator Bob Dutton, was passed by the State Senate yesterday on a 36-0 vote.

This bill is a small step forward in the fight against abusive disabled access lawsuits. As currently written the bill would prohibit issuing a demand for money to a building owner or tenant prior to the filing of a complaint and would require an attorney to provide a document that notifies the recipient of any violation at least 30 days prior to filing any claim.

CJAC has long supported reforming California's laws regarding disabled access lawsuits. By no means does this bill fix the problem entirely and it does not provide an opportunity to fix violations before a lawsuit can be filed, but the bill is step in the right direction.

The bill will now be considered by the Assembly. We urge all who are interested to contact their Assemblymembers and ask them to support the bill. We will continue to update you on its progress.

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