Assemblyman Steinorth Passes Disability Access Legislation
Sacramento, CA – Today the California State Legislature unanimously passed Assemblyman Steinorth’s AB 2093 to assist businesses in proactively ensuring their properties are access compliant.
“Many businesses are simply unaware of ADA violations on their property, and are unexpectedly served with lawsuits which could put them out of business,” said Steinorth. “This doesn’t help customers, businesses, or our community. AB 2093 will give businesses more educational tools and resources, so they can proactively avoid this situation and make their property accessible for all.”
AB 2093 helps businesses proactively ensure their properties are compliant with accessibility standards, avoiding costly litigation. The state maintains a Certified Access Specialist program (CASp), where a licensed inspector can visit a property to inspect for accessibility violations. Unfortunately, few businesses are aware of this service, or don’t know how to locate an inspector in their region. To address this, AB 2093 requires information about CASp services to be included in commercial lease agreements, and ensures that tenants receive copies of any relevant CASp inspection reports for a property, so that all parties are aware if accessibility violations have been identified. This transparency gives businesses the opportunity to correct violations, improving access for all Californians.
The legislation has received unanimous bipartisan support, and is awaiting final approval by Governor Edmund G. Brown. The law will go into effect immediately upon his approval.
Assemblyman Steinorth represents the 40th Assembly District which includes Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, and Redlands. https://ad40.asmrc.org/