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Assembly launches new Web site

Posted: March 13, 2009 1:25 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Assembly Budget Committee vice-chairman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, Thursday announced the launch of a new Web site to inform businesses of available tools under newly-enacted Senate Bill 1608.

Smyth joint-authored the bill, 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 Jan. 1, 2009.

"I'm proud to have been a leader on access compliance, and on SB 1608 in particular," Smyth said. "This Web site 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 bipartisan effort to protect the civil rights of individuals while encouraging businesses to open their doors without the fear of expensive lawsuits."

The Web site was essential to help businesses understand what is specifically contained in SB 1608 and how the new legislation will help, Niello said.

"The reforms that were approved in SB 1608 will go a long way toward helping these businesses become ADA compliant," he said.


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