The Assembly Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on my frivolous lawsuit abuse reform legislation (Assembly Bill 1878) May 8 and I need your support.
AB 1878 will give our community's most vulnerable small businesses an opportunity to correct an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violation before a lawsuit can be filed. Once a qualifying business has received a written notice of violation, they would be given 120 days to begin to correct the violation.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in my district against small businesses under the ADA for compliance issues. Though the law was originally intended to ensure greater access for those with disabilities, it is now being abused.
Many of these businesses have been forced to shut their doors because they simply cannot afford to continue to operate after settling these lawsuits.
As a small business owner, I support ADA standards that allow access to people with disabilities, however, it is wrong when an individual can single-handedly force a business to close due to minor infractions.
This legislation is critical for the small businesses in our community and together we can put a stop to these frivolous lawsuits.
Please join me at the Capitol and show your support at the hearing for AB 1878.
WHAT: Assembly Judiciary Legislative Committee Hearing of AB 1878-ADA Frivolous Lawsuit Reform
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: State Capitol Room 4202
For more information please contact my office at (916) 774-4430.