ADA BILLS

 

AB 1230 (Gomez D) California Americans With Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program. Provides up to $50K in low interest loans for eligible ADA projects.

  • Establishes the California Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Capital Access Loan Program within the Capital Access Loan Program,
  • Self-sustaining program to provide loans to assist small businesses in financing the costs of projects that alter or retrofit existing small business facilities,
  • “small business” defined as i) Fifteen or fewer full-time equivalent employees; ii)  Less than $1 million in total gross annual income

·       “Eligible project” means the physical alterations or retrofits to an existing small business facility of less than 10,000 square feet necessary to ensure that facility is in compliance with the ADA.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: SUPPORT

AB 1521 (Committee on Judiciary) Construction-related accessibility claims.

  • Provides information and legal resources to small business owners to minimize their liability for ADA violations and/or respond to a lawsuit filed against them.

·       limits high-volume lawsuits motivated by quick settlement with business owners, rather than correction of ADA violations.  o   New demand letter requirements.o   Defines a “high-frequency litigant” (HFL); filed 10 or more complaints alleging violations of construction-related accessibility standards in the past 12 months; or an attorney who has represented 10 or more such plaintiffs in the past year. o   HFLs who file new claims have a) A higher filing fee; b) Special pleading requirements; and c) Certification by the attorney that, among other things, the complaint is not being presented primarily for an improper purpose. o   Requires attorney notification to CCDA about how their claims are resolved.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: SUPPORT

SB 251 (Roth D) Disability access: civil rights: income tax credit.

This bill, seeks promote ADA compliance among small businesses by allowing a business owner 90 days from the date of a CASp inspection to fix violations before being subject to liability

  • protects small businesses from liability for certain violations if the business corrected the violation within 15 days of receiving notice of the potential violation.

·       creates tax incentives for businesses to correct violations·       requires the State Architect and the California Commission on Disability Compliance to post specified information to their respective Web sites for the purpose of

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: SUPPORT

AB 1342 (Steinorth R) Enacts measures intended to promote disability access compliance.

Facilitate more property owners to seek a CASp certification in order to assure their properties are in compliance with the law. This certification will also lessen the number of unnecessary lawsuits while increasing access.

  • Makes it easier for business owners to find a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) by requiring the State Architect and CCDA to post information on how to find one locally.
  • Revises requirement for commercial property owners to state on lease agreements information about the condition of the leased property.
  • Extends the $1 business license to fund the Disability Access and Education Revolving Fund.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: SUPPORT

AB 662(Bonilla D) ADA Mandate; Adult Changing Tables.

Would require a person, private firm, organization, or corporation that owns or manages a commercial place of public amusement, as defined, constructed on or after January 1, 2020, or renovated on or after January 1, 2025, to install and maintain at least one adult changing station, as defined, for a person with a physical disability, as specified. The bill would require a facility to ensure that the entrance to each adult changing station has conspicuous signage indicating its location, and, if the facility has a central directory, ensure that the central directory indicates the location of the adult changing station.

  • We OPPOSE this bill because it specifically circumvents the building code process and puts building code in statute.
  • We have requested a veto and asked the Governor to ask for a bill that directs the appropriate state agencies to work on this through the normal building code process.
  • As written, we are concerned this bill will expose impacted properties to unnecessary ADA lawsuits.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: OPPOSE

ENERGY & BUILDING CODE ISSUES

AB 802(Williams D) Energy efficiency.

Current law requires the Energy Commission to prepare an integrated energy policy report every 2 years and requires the report to include an assessment and forecast of system reliability and the need for resource additions, efficiency, and conservation that considers certain criteria. This bill would require the Energy Commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, to make all reasonable adjustments to its energy demand forecasts conducted pursuant to the above-described provisions to account for its findings of market conditions and existing baselines, and in making those adjustments, would authorize the commission to consider the results from specified programs.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: SUPPORT

AB 1236(Chiu D) Local ordinances: electric vehicle charging stations.

Would require a city, county, or city and county to approve an application for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, as defined, through the issuance of specified permits unless the city or county makes specified written findings based upon substantial evidence in the record that the proposed installation would have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health or safety, and there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific, adverse impact.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: OPPOSE

SB 119 (Hill D) Protection of subsurface installations.

Current law defines a subsurface installation as any underground pipeline, conduit, duct, wire, or other structure. Current law requires an operator of a subsurface installation, who receives notification of proposed excavation work, within 2 working days of that notification, excluding weekends and holidays, to mark the approximate location and number of subsurface installations that may be affected by the excavation or to advise that no subsurface installations operated by him or her would be affected. This bill, the Dig Safe Act of 2015, would declare the need to clarify and revise these provisions. The bill would define and redefine various terms relating to a regional notification center.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: SUPPORT

 

SB 350(De León D) Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015.

Would require that the amount of electricity generated and sold to retail customers per year from eligible renewable energy resources be increased to 50% by December 31, 2030, as provided. The bill would make other revisions to the RPS Program and to certain other requirements on public utilities and publicly owned electric utilities. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Status: On Governor’s Desk

Position: WITHDREW OPPOSITION

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