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New Assembly Web site helps businesses meet access rules

Posted: March 12, 2009 6:13 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 5:04 p.m.
 
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Republican Caucus Chairman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Assembly Budget Committee Vice-Chairman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, today announced the launch of a new website aimed at informing businesses of the tools available to them under newly enacted SB 1608.

"I'm proud to have been a leader on access compliance, and on SB 1608 in particular," Smyth said. "This website will be a great resource for businesses looking to become access compliant, and for anyone who is interested in learning more about the recent reforms. It represents a true bi-partisan effort to protect the civil rights of individuals while encouraging businesses to open their doors without the fear of expensive lawsuits."

"The reforms that were approved in SB 1608 will go a long way toward helping these businesses become ADA-compliant," Assemblyman Niello said. "But to help them understand what is specifically contained in SB 1608 and just how the new legislation will help, this website was essential. I appreciate the leadership that Assemblyman Smyth has provided on this issue and I was pleased to work together with him to provide this information online," .

Assemblyman Smyth joint-authored SB 1608, which addressed conflicting access standards in state and federal codes, a lack of continuing education for architects and building inspectors, and inconsistent interpretations of California's damages provisions, all of which made it nearly impossible to comply with access standards in California. Many of these provisions went into effect on January 1, 2009.

Assemblyman Smyth represents the 38th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Simi Valley and Glendale.

Assemblyman Niello represents the 5th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Natomas, North Highlands, Orangevale and Sacramento.

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